U. S. SCHOONER (TENDER) FOX, Key West, Fla., June 23, 1864.
SIR: I have the honor to report that in cruising off the coast, between the Suwannee River and St. Marks, I had observed numerous large fires on the shore and had no doubt but that they were salt works.
On the 28th May I sent a boat from this vessel with an armed crew, Acting Ensign Jackson in charge, to reconnoiter the shore, and if practicable, to destroy the works. The persons employed at the place fled at the sight of the boat. Mr. Jackson landed with 8 men and destroyed 25 salt kettles of a capacity of 150 gallons each, with all the pumps, tools, and 100 bushels of clean salt. On the 5th instant I landed a party about 10 miles above Deadman’s Bay and destroyed another of these works, with 27 kettles of about 200 gallons capacity each (these were new kettles, and finely porcelained or cemented inside), and burned all the houses, five in number, with a large quantity of tools, carts, etc.