JUNE 1, 1861
mail service officially began today.
1861 The Federal blockade of the City of Fernandina started
today with the arrival of the Union ship, U.S.S. Perry,
under the command of Lieutenant Enoch G. Parrott.
1864 Federal troops moving out of Jacksonville surprised
confederate troops at Camp John Milton on McGirt’s Creek and drove
them toward Baldwin. The Union troops numbered about 2,500.
They destroyed the Confederate camp.
JUNE 2, 1862
Confederate troops surprised a detachment of 11 men from the
U.S.S. Kingfisher on an expedition up the Aucilla River. Two
Union soldiers were killed and nine captured.
JUNE 2, 1864
A detachment of soldiers from the U.S.S. Sunflower destroyed
a sizable salt works on the shores of Tampa Bay. Four kettles, a
quantity of salt, and several furnaces were also destroyed.
JUNE 2, 1865
Florida-born Confederate General Edmund Kirby Smith surrendered his
army to Federal forces today in Texas.
JUNE 3, 1863
The U.S.S. Stars and Stripes captured the blockade runner
Florida near St. Marks. The Florida, a small sloop, was
carrying a cargo of 6 bales of cotton and a barrel of tar.
JUNE 3, 1864
Confederate troops regain their positions at Camp John Milton on
McGirt’s Creek, which had been overrun by Federal troops on June 1.
JUNE 3, 1865
A party of Confederate refugees, including General John C.
Breckinridge, left the Indian River Lagoon near Jupiter Inlet today
and headed for the open ocean.
JUNE 4, 1863
A boat from the
U.S.S. Fort Henry
loaded with 39
bales of cotton at the mouth of the Crystal River.
JUNE 5, 1862
The Confederate steamer
was set ablaze today in Deadman’s Bay. The steamer was
fired to prevent her capture by the Federal ship Ezilda.
JUNE 6, 1863
The U.S.S. Tahoma captured the Confederate schooner
Statesman in Tampa Bay. The U.S.S. Tahoma’s crew was
able to effect the capture despite harassing fire from a Confederate
JUNE 7, 1862
General Joseph J. Finegan, commander
of Middle and East Florida, has begun the construction of a
seven-gun redoubt at Alum Bluff on the Apalachicola River.
JUNE 9, 1864
The U.S.S. Proteus captured the British schooner
R.S. Hood off the Florida coast today.
JUNE 9, 1865
The first African-American missionary, Reverend William G. Steward,
arrived in Jacksonville today from Charleston to begin organizing
churches for the newly liberated freedmen in the state.
JUNE 10, 1862
States Secretary of the Navy Gideon Welles instructed units of the
investigate rumors that Confederates had constructed a road from the
northern Indian River Lagoon to Volusia that would allow them to
Union naval patrols.
JUNE 10, 1863
The U.S.S. Fort Henry captured 250 bushels of corn belonging
to Confederate Senator David levy Yulee today on a barge off the
mouth of the Withlacoochee River.
JUNE 10, 1864
The United States’ steamer, Union, today captured the
Confederate sloop Caroline off Jupiter Inlet.
JUNE 11, 1862
The Union navy captured two Confederate vessels in the
Gulf of Mexico today. The U.S.S. Sesquehanna captured the
Princeton, a blockade runner, while the U.S.S.
Bainbridge captured the schooner Biagorry
and its cargo of cotton.
1861 Confederate President Jefferson Davis has designated
today as a Confederate “Day of Thanksgiving,” and has
called for fasting and prayer for the protection of the Confederate
States of America.
1863 The U.S.S. Sunflower today captured the
Confederate blockade runner, Pushmataha, near the
JUNE 14, 1863
The Federal ship, U.S.S. Somerset, shelled
Confederate salt works on Alligator Bay, near St. George’s Sound.
Following the shelling, 65 Union sailors and marines were put
ashore. They destroyed 65 kettles, 200 bushels of salt, and thirty
JUNE 15, 1862
The U.S.S. Somerset and the U.S.S. Tahoma shelled the
Confederate fort near the lighthouse at the St. Marks River. When
Confederate artillery units withdrew, Federal troops landed and
burned the fort, the interior of the lighthouse, and the buildings
used as barracks for the Confederate troops.
JUNE 15, 1863
G. Troup Maxwell announced today that he would be a candidate for
the Confederate Congress from the Second Florida Congressional
district. General elections were scheduled for October.
JUNE 16, 1862
The U.S.S. Somerset captured the British blockade runner,
Curlew, off the coast near Cedar Key.
JUNE 16, 1863
The Circassian, a Union supply steamer, captured the
Confederate sloop, John Wesley, off the coast of St.
Marks today. The John Wesley, was carrying a cargo of
12 bales of cotton.
JUNE 16, 1864
Federal troops from the schooner J.S. Chambers,
dispatched up the Waccasassa River, returned to their ship today
with 12 bags of cotton.
JUNE 18, 1862
and the 1st
troops in Tennessee. The
troops were under the command of St. Augustine native, Edmund Kirby
1863 The Federal schooner, John S. Chamber,
today captured the British blockade runner Rebekah
thirty miles west of Charlotte Harbor. The Rebekah was
carrying a cargo of whiskey.
1863 The U.S.S. Tahoma today captured the British
blockade runner Harriet near Anclote Keys. The U.S.S.
Tahoma also chased another British ship, the Mary Jane,
ashore near Clearwater. The Mary Jane was destroyed by the
JUNE 20, 1861
The First Florida Cavalry began assembling at Camp Mary David, six
miles south of Tallahassee. The unit will be activated for
Confederate service in two weeks.
JUNE 20, 1862
The U.S.S. Beauregard captured the blockade runner Lucy
off Deadman’s Point Key today.
JUNE 20, 1862
Colonel J. J. Finley and the 6th Florida Infantry regiment arrived
in Chattanooga today.
JUNE 20, 1864
An armed expedition from the U.S.S. Iuka returned from a raid
up the Waccasassa River today. The raiders brought with them
twenty-seven bales of captured cotton.
JUNE 23, 1862
The U.S.S. Pursuit captured the Confederate sloop
Kate today. The Kate had sailed from Nassau with an
JUNE 23, 1863
The U.S.S. Beauregard has been assigned blockade duty north
of Cape Canaveral and Mosquito Inlet.
today captured a
flatboat in a bayou near the Manatee River. The flatboat was
carrying a cargo of sugar and molasses.
JUNE 25, 1863
The U.S.S. Sagamore captured
the British schooner Frolic off the Crystal River. The
Frolic carried a cargo of cotton and turpentine.
JUNE 25, 1864
The U.S.S. Proteus today captured a British steamer, the
Jupiter, off the east coast of Florida. All cargo had been
thrown overboard prior to capture.
JUNE 25, 1868
Florida was conditionally re-admitted to the United States today.
federal occupation of the state, however, would not end until 1877.
JUNE 26, 1864
U.S.S. Norfolk Packet
blockade running sloop,
off Mosquito Inlet today. The
was carrying a cargo of cotton.
JUNE 27, 1862
2nd Florida Infantry Regiment,
fighting at Ellison’s Mill, Virginia, lost 8 soldier killed today
and 52 wounded. Among the soldiers killed was Captain G. W. Parkhill.
1863 Boats from the U.S.S. Fort Henry captured
the schooner Anna Maria in the Steinhatchee River. The
Anna Maria was carrying a cargo of cotton.
1864 Troops boarded three Federal ships today at Punta Rassa
to sail north to Bayport. This was preliminary to an attack on
JUNE 29, 1864
W. L. Martine, commanding the
dispatched a shore crew of twelve sailors to investigate rumors of
increased blockade running near Jupiter Inlet.
JUNE 30, 1862
losses today in the Battle of Frazier’s farm in Virginia.
1864 Troops from the U.S.S. Roebuck today captured the
Confederate sloop Last Resort in Jupiter Inlet. The
sloop was carrying a cargo of six bales of cotton.