The new Confederate commander at Pensacola seemed omnipresent. In conjunction with Colonel William J. Hardee, commander at Fort Morgan, the bastion guarding the eastern approaches to Mobile Bay, a reconnaissance was conducted preparatory to the opening of a new line of communication between Mobile and Pensacola. It was hoped that an easier route could be developed between these two key points by utilizing water and land transportation, via Bon Secours, Bear Creek, and Perdido Bay, eliminating the long, slow overland trek from Blakely.
Society, Florida Historical
"Civil War Operations in and Around Pensacola Part II,"
Florida Historical Quarterly: Vol. 39
, Article 4.
Available at: https://stars.library.ucf.edu/fhq/vol39/iss3/4