Confederate forces evacuate Pensacola, Florida burning installations and stores before leaving
05/09/1862 to 05/10/1862
With the arrival of significant U.S. Navy reinforcements a few days before, the Confederate garrison at Pensacola, Florida began preparations for evacuation. During the night, they fired the Warrington Navy Yard, Fort McRae, the Naval Hospital, and parts of the town. Observing the fires during the night, Union officers landed to receive the surrender of the town from its nervous civilian government and Brigadier General Lewis G. Arnold's men took up occupation. (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, 1863), V: 48-49.