Major General Gillmore
Commanding Officer, U.S. Forces, Department of the South
Informs Major General Henry W. Halleck
of the Defeat at Olustee

Hilton Head, S.C., February 23, 1864

Maj. Gen. H.W. Halleck,

General-in-Chief, U.S. Army

GENERAL: The enemy have thrown so large a force into Florida that I judge it to be inexpedient to attempt to do more at the present time than hold the line of the Saint John's River. The presence of so large a force as General Seymour represents the enemy to have in his front shows the importance he attaches to Florida as a source of supply.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
Major-General, Commanding.

Copied from The Official Records of the War of Rebellion.

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