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United States Troops in Spanish East Florida, 1812-13, Part V


In the preceding issues of the QUARTERLY, starting with July, 1930, we followed the career of a detachment of United States regulars during their occupancy of Spanish East Florida beginning March 18, 1812, as told by their commander, Col. Thomas A. Smith, in his official and semi-official correspondence, much of which has never appeared in print before. The last issue brought the story to the time when Col. Smith turned the command over to Maj. Lawrence Manning, of the 8th U.S. Infantry, and bade adieu to the little detachment that he had led into the Spanish province more than a year before. 51 In the meantime, Gen. Pinckney, commanding the Southeastern Department, had despatched the following letter to the Spanish governor at St. Augustine.

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