literary fame as ‘Miles O'Reilly
The terms of capitulation provided that the sick and wounded should be sent under a flag of truce to the Confederate
lines, but this General Hunter
afterward declined to ratify, thus cruelly furnishing another instance of the inhumanity of the Federal
treatment of prisoners of war, and the whole garrison was sent as prisoners to the forts in New York harbor.
The Federals contented themselves with occupying the fort, thereby closing the port to commerce.
During these operations on the Georgia coast
' Georgia legion had been on duty in Gen. T. F. Drayton
's district, next north of Savannah
, and was in action with the enemy on March 20th and 22d near Bluffton, S. C.
On April 13th Maj.-Gen. David Hunter
, in command of the ‘department of the South,’ issued the following general order No. 7
All persons of color lately held to involuntary service by enemies of the United States in Fort Pulaski and on Cockspur island, Georgia, are hereby confiscated and declared free, in conformity with law, and shall hereafter receive the fruits of their own labor.
Such of said persons of color as are able-bodied and may be required shall be employed in the quartermaster's department at the rates heretofore established by Brig.-Gen. T. W. Sherman.
This conduct of Hunter
accorded with his reputation elsewhere.
His brutality was exceeded only by Butler
The above order was followed May 9th by the following:
The three States of Georgia, Florida and South Carolina, comprising the military department of the South, having deliberately declared themselves no longer under the protection of the United States of America, and having taken up arms against said United States, it became a military necessity to declare martial law. This was accordingly done on the 25th day of April, 1862.
Slavery and martial law in a free country are altogether incompatible; the persons in these three States, Georgia,