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United States (United States) (search for this): chapter 15
ere of the same regiment of Artillery (First, U. S. A.) as the defenders of Fort Sumter. The Pickeshould be held amenable to the laws of the United States for the prevention and punishment of piraccognizing the existence of war between the United States and the Confederate States; and concerning Jefferson Davis, President of the Confederate States of America, to all who shall see these presenStates, on the high seas, against the United States of America, their ships, vessels, goods, and effn found on board of a public vessel of the United States. Happily for the credit of humanity, thistes Navy. This was the beginning of the Confederate States Navy, which never assumed formidable proe United States for troops to coerce the Confederate States, See page 837. and saying that it juthe insurgents as much the property of the United States as ever. In any event, he said, I shall, great crowds. The sign, in gilt letters,--United States Court,--over the north entrance to the Cus[24 more...]
Charleston Harbor (South Carolina, United States) (search for this): chapter 15
ry, the so-called Secretary of the Navy of the conspirators, had purchased and fitted out about a dozen vessels. The owners of as many more private vessels took out letters of marque immediately after Davis's proclamation was made; and before the middle of June, the commerce of the United States was threatened with serious mischief. The first of the purchased vessels commissioned by Mallory was a small steamer which Governor Pickens had bought in Richmond, for use in the defense of Charleston harbor. She was commissioned in March; and named Lady Davis, in honor of the wife of Jefferson Davis. She was armed with two 24-pounders, and. placed under the command of Lieutenant T. B. Huger, formerly of the United States Navy. This was the beginning of the Confederate States Navy, which never assumed formidable proportions excepting when ships, foreign built, armed, and manned, were permitted to enter the service. The number, character, and performances of the privateers commissioned
Washington (United States) (search for this): chapter 15
cessionists, 375. Virginia Commissioners in Washington, 376. how the Virginia Ordinance of Secessient of Lieutenant-General Scott, dated at Washington City, March 30, 1861, and published in the Naton the Peace Convention about to assemble in Washington. See page 235. The result was that a joinpossible speed to Captain Adams. He left Washington City early the next morning, arrived at Montgohrown into Fort Pickens by the Government at Washington, in violation of the convention existing bet army through North Carolina and Virginia to Washington, and it called upon Virginians who wished toered a regiment of State troops to march for Washington; and the Goldsborough Tribune of the 24th sal said:--When North Carolina regiments go to Washington, and they will go, they will stand side by s Confederate States must possess the city of Washington. It is folly to think it can be used any lo the same time, said:--The desire for taking Washington, I believe, increases every hour, and all th[19 more...]
Harper's Ferry (West Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 15
aid, he continued. I therefore request you to furnish one regiment of infantry without delay, to rendezvous at Harper's Ferry, Virginia. It must consist of ten companies, of not less than sixty-four men each. . . . They will be mustered into the service of the Confederate States at Harper's Ferry. The object of this call to Harper's Ferry will be apparent presently. Virginia, at this time, was in a state of great agitation. Its Convention had passed through a stormy session, extending frHarper's Ferry will be apparent presently. Virginia, at this time, was in a state of great agitation. Its Convention had passed through a stormy session, extending from the middle of February to the middle of April. It was held in the city of Richmond, and was organized February 13, 1861. by the appointment of John Janney, of Loudon, as its President, and John L. Eubank, Clerk. In his address on taking the chan injunction of secrecy, they set on foot, doubtless under directions from Montgomery, expeditions for the capture of Harper's Ferry and of the Navy Yard near Norfolk, preparatory to an attempt to seize Washington City. A few days afterward, Alexa
Key (Alabama, United States) (search for this): chapter 15
e 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. Fort Jefferson This fort covers an area of about thirteen acres, or nearly the whole of the Garden Key. It is calculated for an armament of four hundred and fifty guns when complete, and a garrison of one thousand men. It commands the inner harbor of Key West. is at the Garden Key, one of the Tortugas Islands, off the southern extremity of the Florida peninsula, and Fort Taylor is at Key West, not far distant from the other. The walls of Fort Jefferson were finished, as to hight, and the lower tier of ports was completed, in the. Fort Jefferson in 1861. autumn of 1860; but the upper embrasures were entirely open; temporary sally-ports, for the convenience of laborers, remained unstopped, and the works were exposed to easy capture at any ti
Sumterville (South Carolina, United States) (search for this): chapter 15
ttack on that fortress, and saying:--We will take the fort, and can sink the ships if they attempt to pass the channel. If they land elsewhere, we can whip them. We have now seven thousand of the best troops in the world, and a reserve of ten thousand on the routes to the harbor. The war has commenced, and we will triumph or perish. Please let me know what your State intends to do? Letcher replied:--The Convention will determine. It was this dispatch — this notice of that ball fired on Sumter by Ruffin — that set the bells ringing, the flags. flying, the cannons thundering, and the people shouting in Richmond; and a few days afterward the Convention revealed its determination to the world. The President replied to the Virginia Commissioners, April 13. that it was his intention to pursue the policy clearly marked out in his Inaugural Address. He had discovered no reasons for changing his views. He recommended them to give that document a careful perusal, especially that por
Baltimore, Md. (Maryland, United States) (search for this): chapter 15
ion, said the New Orleans Picayune South Carolina Light Infantry. of the 18th, will be the removal of Lincoln and his Cabinet, and whatever he can carry away, to the safer neighborhood of Harrisburg or Cincinnati — perhaps to Buffalo or Cleveland. The Vicksburg (Mississippi) Whig of the 20th said:--Major Ben. McCulloch has organized a force of five thousand men to seize the Federal Capital the instant the first blood is spilled. On the evening of the same day, when news of bloodshed in Baltimore was received in Montgomery, bonfires were built in front of the Exchange Hotel, and from its balcony Roger A. Pryor said, in a speech to the multitude, that he was in favor of an immediate march upon Washington. At the departure of the Second Regiment of South Carolina Infantry for Richmond, at about the same time, the Colonel (Kershaw), on taking the flag presented to the regiment, said, as he handed it to the Color-Sergeant (Gordon):--To your particular charge is committed this noble gi
Fort Hamilton (Ohio, United States) (search for this): chapter 15
while at the same time General Fort McRee and Confederate Battery opposite Fort Pickens. Scott held three hundred troops in readiness for the purpose, at Fort Hamilton, in New York harbor, where they were not needed. Statement of Lieutenant-General Scott, dated at Washington City, March 30, 1861, and published in the Natiofrom New York, in duplicate, by two naval vessels. From that time unusual activity was observed in the Navy Yard at Brooklyn; also on Governor's Island and at Fort Hamilton, at the entrance to the harbor of New York. There was activity, too, in the arsenals of the North, for, while the Government wished for peace, it could scarce Brown assumed the command, and Lieutenant Slemmer and his little band of brave men, worn down with fatigue, want of sleep, and insufficient food, were sent to Fort Hamilton, at the entrance to New York harbor, to rest. They shared the plaudits of a grateful people with those equally gallant defenders of Fort Sumter. Lieutenant Sl
Yorktown (Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 15
es Court,--over the north entrance to the Custom House, was taken down and broken in pieces by the populace; and the National officers suddenly found their occupation gone. The flag of the Southern Confederacy, with an additional star for Virginia (making eight in all), was unfurled over the Capitol. It was also displayed from the Custom House and other public buildings, and from hotels and private dwellings. The Custom House was taken into the keeping of Virginia troops; and the packets Yorktown and Jamestown, belonging to the New York and Virginia Steamship Company, were seized and placed in charge of the same body of armed men. As the news from Richmond went over the land, it produced the most profound sensation. In the cities of Slave-labor States, and especially of the more Southern ones, there were demonstrations of great delight. At Charleston the event caused the wildest excitement. The news of the secession of the mother of Presidents and Patriots, said a telegraphic
Mexico (Mexico, Mexico) (search for this): chapter 15
ams, of the Sabine, then in command of the little squadron off Fort Pickens, This squadron consisted of the frigate Sabine, steam sloop-of-war Brooklyn, gunboats Wyandotte and Crusader, store-ship Supply, and the St. Louis. to throw re-enforcements into that work at once. The previous order of General Scott to Captain Vogdes had not been executed, for Captain Adams believed that the armistice was yet in force. Colonel Braxton Bragg, the artillery officer in the battle of Buena Vista, in Mexico, to whom, it is said, General Taylor coolly gave the order, in the midst of the fight--a little more grape, Captain Bragg --was now in command of all the insurgent forces at and near Pensacola, with the commission of brigadiergeneral; and Captain Duncan N. Ingraham, of the United States Navy (who behaved so well in the harbor of Smyrna, a few years before, in defending the rights of American citizens, in the case of the Hungarian, Martin Kostza), had charge of the Navy Yard at Warrington. O
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