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The Daily Dispatch: December 9, 1862., [Electronic resource], Contribution to the history of the War. (search)
ner during the winter of 1860-61, by volunteers from the city of New York, has been communicated to the National Intelligencer for publication, as belonging to the history of that period: J. A. Hamilton to General Sanford. Nevis, Dobbs's Ferry Post-Office, December 28, 1860. [Private] Dear General: I write to you in the strictest confidence because what I am about to propose might be defeated by premature disclosure. The President having exposed a handful of brave men in Fort Moultrie to slaughter and the flag of our country to disgrace, there can be no violation of law or duty of any kind should citizens volunteer to go to Charleston harbor in a steamer chartered for the purpose, in order to reinforces Major Anderson. Such a course, taken by a few hundred strong men, would record the garrison and save the fort and this having been done without any participation on the part of the Government, could not be considered by South Carolina as an act offensive to her which