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Civil War Letters, Q.A. Gillmore
Headquarters Department of the South,
Hilton Head, S.C., March 12, 1864.
Palatka should be fortified so that the position can be held against great odds. A field-work, inclosed with a formidable obstacle on all sides, will perhaps suffice, and no offensive operations involving the possibility of a defeat should be undertaken until these defenses are in an efficient condition.
Excerpt from: Barbour, Scott, Robert N., ed. (1891) The War of the Rebellion.
Correspondence, Orders, and Returns Relating to Operations in South Carolina and Florida and on the Georgia Coast, from March 1 to November 13, 1864. (pg. 15) Washington: Government Printing Office.
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