December 19, This day during the American Civil War

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December 19, 1863 – in St. Andrews Bay, Florida – On December 19, a Union raiding party entered St. Andrews Bay. There, the Confederate government had built a salt works facility and a village that was comprised of 27 buildings. The whole thing covered 3/4 of a square mile. The Union party attacked the salt works and eventually burned all of the buildings. They caused about $500,000 worth of damage. They also captured a Confederate field piece that had protected the salt works and also fired on passing Union ships during the blockade.Afterwards, the Union raiding party then left St. Andrews Bay and headed south to destroy other salt works facilities. USS Bloomer (1856) was a stern-wheel steamer acquired by the Union Navy during the American Civil War. Although she spent most of her naval career operating in the West Gulf Blockading Squadron, her most notable service occurred in December…

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