command of this arsenal, but in consequence of the weakness of my command, I am obliged to surrender. . . . If I had force equal to, or half the strength of yours, I'll be d—--d if you would have entered that gate until you had passed over my dead body.
You see that I have but three men. I now consider myself a prisoner of war. Take my sword, Captain Jones.
Anxious to establish an independent empire on the borders of the Gulf of Mexico, Florida politicians met in convention early in January, 1861, at Tallahassee, the State capital.
Colonel Petit was chosen chairman of the convention, and Bishop Rutledge invoked the blessing of the Almighty upon the acts they were about to perform.
The members numbered sixty-nine, and about one-third of them were Co-operationists (see Mississippi). The legislature of Florida, fully prepared to co-operate with the convention, had convened at the same place on the 5th.
On the 10th the convention adopted an ordinance of secession, by a vote of 62