Union forces evacuate Jacksonville, Florida and the Confederacy reoccupies the town
04/08/1862 to 04/09/1862
To the dismay of the Unionist inhabitants, Union troops evacuated Jacksonville, Florida after an occupation of only weeks. The evacuation fleet sailed on the morning of April 9, 1862. Other vessels left earlier with Unionist families. Union commander Horatio Wright contacted Confederate General James H. Trapier the day before and invited him to re-occupy the town but treat the inhabitants well. Trapier did so when the fleet left. (By John Osborne)
Frank Moore, ed., The Rebellion Record: A Diary of American Events, with Documents, Narratives, Illustrative Incidents, Poetry, Etc. (New York: G.P. Putnam, 1862), IV: 443-444.