From a Letter:
February 10, 1862. Monday. We entered the Gulf Stream at 5 o'clock. Pleasant. Passed Key West and could see the Fort on it. Understand that there are some seven thousand troops stationed there. Made Tortugas Island at sundown. I have lain on deck most of the day, enjoying the sun and the sea breeze, I pity you New Englanders, shivering with the cold. I saw turtles and sharks to-day. Squall and rain at night.
2d Lieut. Elliot:
7 O Clock in sight of Key West also Fort Taylor in fine looking Fort in the distance. Pilot Boats in quite a number hover around us this morn.
The sea this morning is heavier than at any time since started from Fortress Monroe. 12 M. storm but very short. it has had the effect of softening the sea and it is much more pleasant than before.
8 A.M. passed from light house on outer Coral Reef. this house is built on the ruins principle as the one destroyed on Minot ledge some years since.
2 P.M. [Dry Tortugues - ?] in full sight also Fort Jefferson a very large structure said to contain within its walls 114 Acres of land.
We have now 10 O Clock P.M. quit a heavy sea and and wind on and our Boat pitches in beautifully.
Corpl. B. B. Smith:
Fine day passed Cape Florida about
3 ock. passed in sight of Fort
Taylor. Coral Reefs in sight all
Along shore passed a lighthouse
On our starboard just after
Breakfast passed the lighthouse
On key west point. the coral
Reefs on florida coast look very
Pretty. large turtles seen along side
The flying fish very plenty.
Had 3 pilots come off to us this
Morning but they was not wanted
As Our pilot knows the coast
All along here about 11 Ock saw
A large steamer to starboard of
Us supposed to be a california
Packet. weather looks rather
Squally and showery. after dinner
Had a wash in fresh water
It was quite a luxury. passed
Fort Taylor morn. just after
Dinner made fort jefferson dry
Tortugas light on our starboard
Bow had quite a hard blow for
A short time. we have not made
So many knots as on other days
On account of head currents in
The gulf but expect to be in
Sight of ship island by tomor-
row afternoon if nothing happens.