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The Daily Dispatch: January 12, 1861., [Electronic resource] 1 1 Browse Search
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nly garrison being an Ordnance Sergeant and his family, and a laborer or so. The Fort is now held by the greater portion of the force which took possession, about two hundred men being under arms. The works are being put in more defensible condition. The detachment detailed for the seizure of the Mt. Vernon U. S. Arsenal, located forty-five miles up the river, consisted of the "Mobile Rifles,"Capt. Woodruff; the "Washington Light Infantry," Capt. Gracie, and the "Gardes Lafayette, " Capt. Bellos. They embarked about the same time as the detachment for Fort Morgan. They arrived at the Arsenal about day break, and being provided with ladders for the purpose escaladed the walls of the premises at three different points simultaneously, and formed around the armory in the center. The garrison, consisting of a squad of about thirteen soldiers and as many Government employees, of course made no resistance, being captured before they knew of the presence of an enemy. Had they not bee