that President Buchanan
be informed that Fort Pickens
would not be molested if reinforcements were not sent.
was then instructed not to land his men unless hostilities were begun.
Thus the situation remained, with Vogdes
' men on shipboard off Santa Rosa island
, and the Alabama
volunteers on shore engaged in strengthening their defenses.
On February 11th Lieutenant Slemmer
protested against the erection of a battery which he observed the volunteers working at, and Colonel Chase
made prompt answer that, while he did not deem the erection of batteries as aiming at an attack on Fort Pickens
, yet he would give orders for its discontinuance.
A few days after the inauguration of Mr. Lincoln
, Captain Vogdes
was ordered by General Winfield Scott
to land his company, ‘reinforce Fort Pickens
, and hold the same until further orders.’
Thus the conditions of existing peace were broken.
But when Captain Vogdes
sought the co-operation of Captain Adams
, commanding the fleet, in making a landing, the latter refused on the ground that his instructions forbade such action so long as there was no aggressive movement on the part of the Confederate forces.
When this was communicated to Washington Lieutenant Worden
, of the United States navy, later distinguished in command of the Monitor
at Hampton Roads
, was sent through the South
He obtained permission to deliver a verbal message of a ‘pacific nature’ to Captain Adams
; did so on April 12th and started home by rail.
But on the night of the 12th Vogdes
' troops were landed at Fort Pickens
, and General Bragg
, reasonably inferring that Worden
had brought orders to that effect, ordered his arrest, and he was apprehended at Montgomery
and held for several months as a prisoner.
On the other hand, after General Bragg
took command at Pensacola
, March 11th, he had ordered the resumption of work on the batteries, and had informed the Federal