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Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 10: naval engagement at South-West pass.--the Gulf blockading squadron in November, 1861. (search)
le to interfere with them; at least, so these instructions were construed by Capt. Adams, the commanding naval officer, and when Gen. Scott (subsequent to Mr. Lincolany of troops that was on board the Brooklyn and place them in Fort Pickens, Capt. Adams refused to obey the order, and tried to justify himself on the ground that i the landing of these troops was dated March 12, 1861. On April 1, 1861, Captain Adams, in a letter addressed to the Secretary of the Navy, says: I declineft New York for Pensacola, that Mr. Secretary Welles answered the letter of Capt. Adams as follows: Navy Department, April 6, 1861. To Capt. H. A. Adams, Comm yours, Gideon Welles. Secretary of the Navy. These orders were sent to Capt. Adams by a special messenger (Lieut. John L. Worden), who crossed the rebellious St or he be arrested, but he arrived in safety, and delivered the document to Capt. Adams on the 12th of April. Capt. Vodges' company was immediately landed at Fort P