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The Daily Dispatch: January 2, 1862., [Electronic resource], The Pensacola fight — official report of Colonel Brown. (search)
d by the rebels for the last nine months, and that it was daily threatened with the fate of Sumter, is a fact notorious to the whole world. Since its occupancy by Lieut. Slemmer the rebels have been surrounding it with batteries, and daily arming them with the heaviest and most efficient guns known to our service — guns stolen from the United States--until they considered this fort as virtually their own, its occupancy being only a question of time. I have been in command since the 16th of April, and during the whole of that time their force has averaged, so far as I can learn, from eight to ten times the number of mine. The position in which I have thus been placed has been sufficiently trying, and I have at three separate times intended to free myself from it, by opening my batteries on them, but imperious circumstances, over which I had no control, has unexpectedly in each instance prevented. Affairs were in this state on the morning of the 9th of October, when the enemy