s was to be expected, it should become weary.
Such was the dominant idea of the delegates who established a provisional government at Montgomery, a small town in Alabama.
In confiding the executive power to Mr. Davis, who had been the soul of the rebellion, they united into one solid whole the scattered forces of the Confederacy. the Federal arsenals within their reach, and especially the forts which might be turned against them in the coming struggle.
On the 3d of January the militia of Alabama occupied the Mount Vernon arsenal, and, without striking a blow, walked into Forts Morgan and Gaines, which their respective garrisons surrendered to them; on thecommittee at Washington was promptly obeyed.
Secession was proclaimed by the several conventions—in Mississippi on the 9th of January, in Florida on the 10th, in Alabama on the 11th, in Georgia on the 19th, and in Louisiana on the 26th.
The secession intriguers had not achieved such an easy success in Texas, where they encountere