George F. Thompson:
A Tour of Central Florida and the Lower West Coast

 
Detail, from S. Augustus Mitchell, County Map of Florida, 1865.  
As described in the first section of the journal, Thompson and Gleason traveled from Tallahassee to Jacksonville, then proceeded southwest to Baldwin, Gainesville, Ocala, and Hillsboro County.  Volusia County (at right) was part of the district Thompson was assigned to cover in his tour.  The journal does not cover his trip there.
 
This portion of the Mitchell map depicts the rest of Thompson's District Five.  He and Gleason stopped in Tampa and then, after a short stay, continued their journey by boat along the Gulf Coast to the Manatee River, Ft. Myers, the Peace River, and Oyster Bay.  On the return voyage, they were forced to remain at Boca Nueva, or Little Gasparilla, for several days due to "a violent tornado" (probably a severe and unusual winter storm in the Gulf).  Arriving back in Tampa, they discovered that the storm had sunk the gunboat "Narcissus" off Egmont Key with the loss of all hands.

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