ed — indicates the policy and perhaps the expectations of the secessionists in connection with the soldiers of Fort Moultrie.-J. C. The secessionists were determined to have the fort, and they wanted to get it without bloodshed.
They had failed with the commissioned officers, and they had no better success with the soldiers: every enlisted man remained faithful to the Union.
The old commander of Fort Moultrie, Colonel John L. Gardner, was removed; the new one, Major Robert Anderson of Kentucky, arrived on November 21st.
As a Southern man, he was expected to be reasonable.
If he had scruples upon the question of qualified allegiance, he might surrender on demand, on purely professional grounds.
No one doubted Major Anderson's professional ability, and of course he could see the hopelessness of his situation at Moultrie.
Moreover, he was a humane man, and would be unwilling to shed blood needlessly.
But his actions clearly indicated that he would not surrender on demand.