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of Charleston harbor became a subject of anxiety with all parties. Of the three forts in or at the entrance of the harbor, two were unoccupied, but the third (Fort Moultrie) was held by a garrison of but little more than one hundred men—of whom only sixty-three were said to be effectives—under command of Major Robert Anderson of t after their arrival—they were startled, and the whole country electrified, by the news that, during the previous night, Major Anderson had secretly dismantled Fort Moultrie, Ibid., Chapt. X, p. 180. spiked his guns, burned his gun carriages, and removed his command to Fort Sumter, which occupied a more commanding position in the in regard to the threatening aspect of events in the earlier part of the winter of 1860-‘61. When he told me of the work that had been done, or was doing, at Fort Moultrie —that is, the elevation of its parapet by crowning it with barrels of sand—I pointed out to him the impolicy as well as inefficiency of the measure. It s
ructions to Major Anderson, first artillery, commanding Fort Moultrie, South Carolina: You are aware of the great anxiety of the Secretaryostile act. D. P. Butler, Assistant Adjutant-General. Fort Moultrie, South Carolina, December 11, 1860. This is in conformity to my i Be this as it may, when I learned that Major Anderson had left Fort Moultrie, and proceeded to Fort Sumter, my first promptings were to comm, and a large military force went over last night (the 27th) to Fort Moultrie. Thus the authorities of South Carolina, without waiting or asremoved a distinguished and veteran officer from the command of Fort Moultrie, because he attempted to increase his supply of ammunition. Yo, clearly the occupation of Fort Sumter, and the dismantling of Fort Moultrie by Major Anderson, in the face of your pledges, and without expty. Be the issue what it may, of this we are assured, that, if Fort Moultrie has been recorded in history as a memorial of Carolina gallantr
country. I asked in this Senate, weeks ago: What causes the peril that is now imminent at Fort Moultrie; is it the weakness of the garrison? and then I answered, No, it is its presence, not its w harbor of Charleston; but in so doing he committed an act of hostility. When he dismantled Fort Moultrie, when he burned the carriages and spiked the guns bearing upon Fort Sumter, he put Carolina ems now to be the impelling motive of every public act —vague rumors of an intention to take Fort Moultrie. But, sir, a soldier should be confronted by an overpowering force before he spikes his gun position and threw up a temporary battery with palmetto-logs and sand, upon the site called Fort Moultrie, that fort was assailed by the British fleet, and bombarded until the old logs, clinging wit conquered. Those old logs are gone; the eroding current is even taking away the site where Fort Moultrie stood; the gallant men who held it now mingle with the earth; but their memories live in the
which we beg leave to submit. We know that the possession of Fort Sumter by troops of the United States, coupled with the circumstances under which it was taken, is the chief, if not only, source of difficulty between the government of South Carolina and that of the United States. We would add that we, too, think it a just cause of irritation and of apprehension on the part of your State. But we have also assurances, notwithstanding the circumstances under which Major Anderson left Fort Moultrie and entered Fort Sumter with the forces under his command, that it was not taken, and is not held, with any hostile or unfriendly purpose toward your State, but merely as property of the United States, which the President deems it his duty to protect and preserve. We will not discuss the question of right or duty on the part of either Government touching that property, or the late acts of either in relation thereto; but we think that, without any compromise of right or breach of duty
James H., 182. John, 95. John Quincy, 219. Address to New York Historical Society, 162-63. Samuel, 104, 105, 165. African servitude, 66-67, 262. Alabama, 51. Ordinance of secession, 189. Alabama (ship), 408. Alexander, Capt. E., P. 308. Allegiance, Division of, 154-55. American party, 31, 32. Anderson, Gen. C. C., 343-44, 413. Maj. Robert, 181, 184-85, 230, 233, 234, 235, 243, 249, 252. Instructions from U. S. War Department, 181-82. Dismantling of Fort Moultrie, 182. Letter protesting plan for relieving Fort Sumter, 243-44. Correspondence concerning evacuations, 246-48. Surrender of Fort Sumter, 253. Correspondence with Gov. Pickens concerning Star of the West, 538-39. Annapolis Constitutional convention, 76. Recommendation to Congress, 76. Archer, William S., 9. Argus (Albany), Remarks on right of secession, 219. Arkansas, 214. Reply of Gov. Rector to U. S. call for troops, 355. Articles of Confederation, 4, 7, 24,