Apparently this site has been up for some time now but I just learned of it. The online index will make the project I've described go much faster. If you aren't familiar with the East Florida Papers, here's a brief description:
The link below goes to the beginning of the search section. I put in my favorite search term, "artillery" and got 1249 hits, some of which sound very interesting.
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