liable to quiet seizure (if any such purpose existed), as in the beginning of the year 1861.
Certainly, those within the range of my personal information are occupied, as they were at that time, only by ordnance sergeants or fort keepers.
There were, however, some exceptions to this general rule—especially in the defensive works of the harbor of Charleston, the forts at Key West and the Dry Tortugas, and those protecting the entrance of Pensacola Bay.
The events which occurred in Charleston harbor will be more conveniently noticed hereafter.
The island forts near the extreme southern point of Florida were too isolated and too remote from population to be disturbed at that time; the situation long maintained at the mouth of Pensacola Bay affords, however, a signal illustration of the forbearance and conciliatory spirit that animated Southern counsels.
For a long time Fort Pickens, on the island of Santa Rosa, at the entrance to the harbor, was occupied only by a small body of f