under Capt. Joseph S. Cleghorn
, an officer who was also charged by the governor with all matters relating to ordnance; from the Savannah Guards
, Capt. John Screven
, and from the Oglethorpe
Light Infantry, Capt. Francis S. Bartow
, whose brilliant eloquence had been devoted to the cause of separation.
This force, numbering 134 men, was carried by boat to Cockspur island
on the morning of the 3d, and the occupation was effected without resistance from the few men in the works, who were allowed to continue in their quarters without duress.
The militia under Colonel Lawton
immediately hoisted a State flag—a red lone star on a white ground—which they greeted with a salute, and then set to work putting the fort in order, mounting the guns, and preparing ammunition.
ladies furnished the cartridge bags, as well as dainty additions to the rations of the soldiers, in which acceptable service they took pride.
On January 6th Captain Whiting
, a North Carolinian who afterward held the rank of major-general in the Confederate States
service, having been notified of the movement of the State
troops, returned to Savannah
, and on the next day reported to his chief, General Totten
, at Washington
This morning I proceeded to Fort Pulaski, which I found occupied by Georgia troops, commanded by Colonel Lawton.
I was received with great civility, and informed by him that he held possession of all the government property for the present, by order of the governor of the State, and intended to preserve it from loss or damage.
He requested a return of the public property, both ordnance and engineer, which I have given as existing January 1st. . . . I have directed Ordnance-Sergeant Walker to report at Oglethorpe barracks until further orders.
The fort keeper I have discharged. . . . . It is necessary to inform you that the telegraph is in the hands of the State authorities, and no message of a military or political character is allowed to be sent or delivered except by permission of the governor. . . . As to the Savannah