|Gen. Joseph Finegan, CSA|
The instructions went out from Major T.A. Washington, the Assistant Adjutant-General, on April 19, 1862, and made rather clear that Finegan was on his own:
...By direction of the general commanding I have the honor to say that it is not in his power, not knowing the strength of your command or the particular necessities of your department at this time, to give definite instructions for your government. The defense of the interior of the State and the lines of interior communication should be the subject of your particular attention. The rivers Apalachicola and Saint John's are of primary importance, and the most eligible points for their defense should be at once taken, if not already selected, and fortified. - Major T.W. Washington, CSA, April 19, 1862.
|Federal troops occupy Fernandina, Florida|
...Except to give protection to the arms, &c. [i.e. that might be brought in by blockade runners], it will not be prudent to expose a force on the sea-board. Having these objects in view, the general commanding desires you to inform him whether you will be able to spare any troops from your command for service in other parts of the Confederacy. - Major T.W. Washington, CSA, April 19, 1862.
|Finegan's Home in Fernandina|
The instructions from Richmond, however, were a sign of how Florida would be treated by officials there for the duration of the war.