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Chapter 15: siege of Fort Pickens.--Declaration of War.--the Virginia conspirators and, the proposed capture of Washington City. The Florida forts, 361. Affairs at Key West, 362. the secessionists watched forts Jefferson and Taylor re-enforced, 363. siege of Fort Pickens hesitation of the Government, 364. orders t
Slemmer and a small garrison there, besieged by insurgents, who were continually increasing in number.
See page 172. We have also observed that the Governor of Florida had made secret preparations to seize Forts Jefferson and Taylor before the politicians of his State had passed an Ordinance of Secession.
This ut if Maryland secedes, the District of Columbia will fall to her by reversionary right — the same as Sumter to South Carolina, Pulaski to Georgia, and Pickens to Florida.
When we have the right, we will demand the surrender of Washington, just as we did in the other cases, and will enforce our demands at every hazard and at whate