JANUARY 17TH, 1862: General Robert E, Lee's orders to Brigadier General James H. Trapier, commanding in Florida, illustrated the growing impact of the Union blockade: "Arrangements have been made for running into Mosquito Inlet, on the east coast of Florida, arms and ammunition, by means of small fast steamers.
"The department considers it necessary that at least two moderate sized guns be placed at New Smyrna, to protect the landing in the event of our steamers being chased by the enemy's gunboats .... The cargoes of the steamers are so valuable and vitally important, that no precaution should be omitted."
Lee Knows. he Always Knows.. --Old B-Runner