Union naval units occupy Appalachicola, Florida

Sailors from the U.S.S. Mercedita, under Commander H.S. Stellwagen, and the U.S.S. Sagamore, under Lieutenant A.J. Drake, approached the landing stage at Appalachicola, Florida in the late afternoon and took peaceful possession of the town.  Boat crews had captured several vessels the night before and these were sailed off or burned.  Commander Stellwagen allowed the civilians in town to retain their fishing boats and small schooners and also administered loyalty oaths to some.  (By John Osborne)
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United States, President, The Abridgement: Containing messages of the President of the United States to the two Houses of Congress with reports of departments and selections from accompanying papers (Washington, DC: Government Printing Office, 1862), II: 407-408.
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