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59 By June 1, 1861, the significant military and naval installations in Florida were about evenly split between the Union and Confederate forces. Figures for Union forces in Florida on June 30, 1861, show a total of 1,939 men distributed between Pensacola and Key West. 60 Florida's state troops held Fort Marion and Fort Clinch on the Atlantic coast, and the Confederate Provisional Government held Barrancas Barracks, Warrington 28 The Jilted Bride Navy Yard, and Forts McRee and Barrancas. Other positions on the Gulf and Atlantic coasts were held by Southern forces but were relatively lightly defended.
Procurement of military supplies was conducted in such cities as Charleston, Savannah, New Orleans, Mobile, and Columbus, Georgia. 41 After midsummer of 1861, arms became even more difficult to obtain, and the Richmond government refused to accept unarmed Florida troops into service. 43 The problem of supplying arms was never solved, and as late as May 1862, Brig. Gen. "44 All troops that left the state for Confederate service were armed, but those remaining were not as well off. Some arms were received in the state by blockade-runners, which stood to make a lucrative profit.
The Civil War found the railroad system in Florida unfinished between Tallahassee and Pensacola and between Tampa and Waldo, although the latter had been graded. The one railroad in the extreme western portion of the state connected Pensacola with Alabama but with nothing to the east. Its rails would be later torn up and used by the Confederacy elsewhere. Militarily, the Florida railroad system provided the fastest means by which troops could be concentrated in the northern portion of Middle and East Florida and between the Atlantic and the Gulf coasts in that region.