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Comte de Paris, History of the Civil War in America. Vol. 1. (ed. Henry Coppee , LL.D.), Book II:—secession. (search)
Jackson and St. Philip on the Mississippi were delivered up to the authorities of Louisiana, and on the following day they took possession of the arsenal at Baton Rouge. On the 18th, in order to close the Upper Mississippi against any possible attacks from the north, the seceders began erecting around Vicksburg the first of those batteries which were destined to keep the Federal armies so long in check, but, on the other hand, and on the same day, an attempt by the Floridians to capture Fort Jefferson at Garden Key was frustrated by the timely arrival of reinforcements brought by Captain Meigs. We shall see this officer at a subsequent period occupying at Washington the important post of quartermastergeneral of the army. The secession excitement had even invaded Maryland, where the partisans of the South, although possibly in the minority, were very active in organizing regiments of volunteers with the avowed intention of menacing Washington, and of separating the Federal capital