Having done so, Gov.
E. coolly wrote to the War Department that he had taken the step to preserve the forts from seizure by mobs!
, the Federal
arsenal at Mobile
was seized on the 4th, by order of Gov. Moore
It contained large quantities of arms and munitions.
, commanding the approaches to Mobile
, was likewise seized, and garrisoned by State troops.
The steamer Star of the West left New York unannounced, during the night of January 5th, laden with reenforcements and supplies for Fort Sumter
A dispatch from that city reached the South Carolina
authorities next day, advising them of her destination and objects.
likewise sent a dispatch from Washington
to the same effect, directly after leaving the Cabinet council in which he had ascertained the facts.
He resigned his office on the 8th, asserting that the attempt to reinforce Fort Sumter
was a violation of the promises of the Executive
The Star of the West, having 250 soldiers and ample provisions on board, appeared off the bar at Charleston
on the 9th.
Attempting to steam up the harbor to Fort Sumter
, she was fired upon from Fort Moultrie
and a battery on Morris Island
, and, being struck by a shot, put about, and left for New York, without even communicating with Major Anderson
, the Federal
arsenal at Baton Rouge
was seized by order of Gov. Moore
on the 11th. Forts Jackson
and St. Philip
, commanding the passage up the Mississippi
to New Orleans, and Fort Pike
, at the entrance of Lake Pontchartrain
, were likewise seized and garrisoned by State troops.
The Federal Mint and Custom-House
at New Orleans were left untouched until February 1st, when they, too, were taken possession of by the State
In St. Louis
, the Custom-House
, Sub-Treasury, and Post Office were garrisoned by a handful of Federal soldiers as a protection against a similar movement.
, after a very few days' service, resigned control of the Treasury, and was succeeded by Gen. John A. Dix
, of New York.
, Fort Barrancas
and the Navy Yard
were seized by Florida
forces on the 13th; Commander Armstrong
surrendering them without a struggle.
He ordered Lieut. Slemmer
, likewise, to surrender Forts Pickens
; but the intrepid subordinate defied the order, and, withdrawing his small force from Fort McRae
to the stronger and less accessible Fort Pickens
, announced his determination to hold out to the last.
He was soon after besieged therein by a formidable volunteer force; and a dispatch from Pensacola
announced that “Fort McRae
is being occupied and the guns manned by the allied forces of Florida
, and Mississippi
, as agent of Gov. Pickens
, reached Washington
on the 12th; and on the 16th demanded the surrender of Fort Sumter
, as essential to a good understanding between the two nations of South Carolina
and the United States
The Legislature of the former had, on the 14th, formally resolved, that “any attempt by the Federal Government
to reenforce Fort Sumter
will be regarded ”