ng force gathered at Charleston, while the Government lost no time in strengthening the capital.
Every hour the traitors spent before Sumter gave them only more surely into the hands of their master.
To make assurance doubly sure, he pretended to leave Fort Pickens in the lurch.
It was said to be in danger, when Scott knew that a formidable force was investing it. Men feared that all would be lost by the inaction of the Government, when it was never more shrewdly energetic.
At last Washington was reasonably safe.
Forces were gathered.
Once more our brave old General saw himself with means in his hands.
Then came the armament, popularly believed to be destined for Sumter.
The Government said not a word — only asked of the traitors the opportunity to send its own garrison a needed supply of food.
They refused, and — fearing the arrival of the Federal fleet--drunk and besotted with treason, and impatient to shed the blood of loyal soldiers, they made the attack.