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ontinuing on her course up, near two miles ahead of us. When we arrived about two miles from Fort Moultrie. Fort Sumter being about the same distance, a masked battery on Morris Island, where there wcarrying away the rudder. At the same time there was a movement of two steamers from near. Fort Moultrie, one of them towing a schooner. I presume an armed schooner., with the intention of cutting us off — Our position now became critical as we had to approach Fort Moultrie to within three-four of a mile, before we could keep away for Fort Sumter. A steamer approaching us with an armed scho the forts; mentioned the difference between Major Anderson's occupying his then position at Fort Moultrie, and throwing himself into Fort Sumter. We stated that the latter step would be equivalent 66,473 Fort MaconBeaufort, N. C.61430,00048,920 Fort CaswellOak Island, do87571,22172,711 Fort MoultrieCharleston5475,30148,732 Castle PinckneyCharleston2543,80923,905 Fort St. PhilipLouisiana12
d medal dangling from his neck, and a sword of hers which I supposed was bright enough and sharp enough to defend the honor of Virginia. But he had a programme — a plan to allay all these spectres of disunion and bring peace to the country. He laid it before me as Secretary of War. I told him I did not like it. He laid it before the President, and he did not much like it at that time. I'll tell you what it was. Fort Sumter was to be taken possession of, and Castle Pinckney likewise.--Fort Moultrie was to be strengthened.--The forts of Georgia were to be occupied and held, the forts of Florida and Alabama taken possession of and manned, and the forts of Louisiana occupied by troops of the United States. In addition to this, ships of war and revenue cutters were to be sent to the waters of South Carolina. This was the programme and this the plan. I had been Secretary of War for four years, and had not thought it necessary to occupy any of these forts. It was not in the programme