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Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 1., Chapter 3: assembling of Congress.--the President's Message. (search)
edge of our Southern population, it is my solemn conviction that there is some danger of an early act of rashness preliminary to secession, namely, the seizure of some or all of the Southern forts, which he named. In my opinion, he said, all these works should be immediately so garrisoned as to make any attempt to take any one of them, by surprise or coup de main, ridiculous. . . . It is the opinion that instructions should be given at once to the commanders of the Barancas [Pensacola], Forts Moultrie and Monroe, to be on their guard against surprises. Another veteran warrior, who had been Scott's companion in arms for fifty years, full of patriotic zeal, and with a keen perception of danger, after reading the President's message wrote a letter remarkable for its good sense, foresight, and wisdom. That soldier was Major-General John Ellis Wool, then commander of the Eastern Department, which included the whole country eastward of the Mississippi River. He wrote to the venerable G
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 1., Chapter 4: seditious movements in Congress.--Secession in South Carolina, and its effects. (search)
. She is sick of the Union--disgusted with it, upon any terms within the range of the widest possibility. The call was responded to by the resignations of many commissions held by South Carolinians; and the conspirators, unable to comprehend a supreme love for the Union, boasted that not a son of that State would prove loyal to the old flag. One of those who abandoned the flag was Lieutenant J. R. Hamilton, of the Navy, who, on the 14th of January, 1861, issued a circular letter from Fort Moultrie to his fellow-officers in that branch of the service, calling upon them to follow his example. It was a characteristic production. After talking much of honor, he thus counseled his friends to engage in plundering the Government:--What the South most asks of you now is, to bring with you every ship and man you can, that we may use them against the oppressors of our liberties, and the enemies of our aggravated but united people. At that time, thirty-six naval officers, born in Slave-la
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 1., Chapter 5: events in Charleston and Charleston harbor in December, 1860.--the conspirators encouraged by the Government policy. (search)
time we are considering, it was Plan of Fort Moultrie in December, 1860. explanation of the Dour that was garrisoned. Soutii view of Fort Moultrie. Fort Sumter, then the largest and by) had no power to increase the garrison at Fort Moultrie, and, if he had, the act would be unwise. He had heard that the troops in Fort Moultrie were hostile to the city of Charleston. If so, they6th of December, the women and children in Fort Moultrie, and ample provisions, were placed in vessarters for them. The firing of three guns at Moultrie was to be the signal for them all to be conved two or three other officers were left at Fort Moultrie, with a few men, with orders to spike the keenly, for on the very day when he went from Moultrie to Sumter, a resolution, offered by Mr. Spainseen clouds of heavy smoke rolling up from Fort Moultrie. They had crowded the Battery, the wharvee mounted on them. On the same day when Fort Moultrie was seized, the revenue cutter William Aik[26 more...]
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 1., Chapter 6: Affairs at the National Capital.--War commenced in Charleston harbor. (search)
cupation of Fort Sumter by the garrison of Fort Moultrie reached Washington, and produced the greatnet meeting just mentioned, news came that Fort Moultrie and Castle Pinckney had been seized by Souriages, and moved, with his garrison, from Fort Moultrie to Fort Sumter, and thus committed an act ed and veteran officer from the command of Fort Moultrie because he attempted to increase his supplat it may, of this we are assured, that if Fort Moultrie has been recorded in history as a memorialen she had arrived within two miles of Forts, Moultrie and Sumter, unsuspicious of danger, a shot cad one or two shots were hurled at her from Fort Moultrie, without producing serious damage. The heithin an ace of carrying away our rudder. Fort Moultrie, well armed and garrisoned, was then just act of Major Anderson in withdrawing from Fort Moultrie to Fort Sumter, and of the determination oe could no longer doubt. His guns bearing on Moultrie, Morris Island, and the channel, were shotted[3 more...]
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 1., Chapter 11: the Montgomery Convention.--treason of General Twiggs.--Lincoln and Buchanan at the Capital. (search)
Scott asked the President to show his regard for the faithful soldier, and act as the interpreter of the wish of millions by nominating Anderson for the rank of lieutenant-colonel by brevet, for his wise and heroic transfer of the garrison of Fort Moultrie to Fort Sumter; also by nominating him for the rank of colonel by brevet, for his gallant maintenance of the latter fort, under severe hardships, with but a handful of men, against the threats and summons of a formidable army, Letter of L one of the representatives in Congress from New York, and informed him that unless the public opinion of the North was instantly manifested, the President would yield to the demand of South Carolina, and order Major Anderson back from Sumter to Moultrie. It was decided at once that an envoy should go to the principal Northern cities and announce that the President had decided to maintain Anderson in Sumter at all hazards. 4 Fire some powder, said Stanton; all we can do yet is to fire blank
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 1., Chapter 12: the inauguration of President Lincoln, and the Ideas and policy of the Government. (search)
ets, and not words, must settle the question. And he would here say, that Fort Pickens and the Administration will soon be forced to construe the Inaugural. Forts Moultrie, and Johnston, and Castle Pinckney are in possession of the Confederate States; but the confederated States will not leave Fort Sumter in possession! of the of the seized forts:--Pulaski and Jackson, at Savannah; Morgan and Gaines, at Mobile; Macon, at Beaufort, North Carolina; Caswell, at Oak Island, North Carolina; Moultrie and Castle Pinckney, at Charleston; St. Philip, Jackson, Pike, Macomb, and Livingston, in Louisiana; and McRee, Barrancas, and a redoubt in Florida. They had cos, send in the supplies and troops in. these tugs, or in launches, as should seem best, after arrival and examination. The channel between Cummings's Point and Fort Moultrie is one mile and one-third in width; and this plan was based on the feasibility of passing the line of fire, from batteries that commanded this channel, with im
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 1., Chapter 13: the siege and evacuation of Fort Sumter. (search)
ed by the Palmetto Guards. The spiked guns of Fort Moultrie, on Sullivan's Island, had been restored to goodral mortars had been placed in position. Beside Fort Moultrie and some small channel batteries, there were sixcommand of Lieutenants Yates and Harleston; from Fort Moultrie, commanded by Colonel Ripley; from a powerful maThe first solid shot from Fort Sumter, hurled at Fort Moultrie, was fired by Surgeon (afterward Major-General) seriously injure the works opposed to it. One of Fort Moultrie's guns had been silenced for a while; its embrasherwise disabled, Alluding to the firing from Fort Moultrie upon Fort Sumter, the Charleston Mercury of the feat, in Charleston harbor, near the spot where Fort Moultrie now stands. For a full account of this, and apresence of their commanding general, who was at Fort Moultrie, to inquire the meaning of the white flag. Whenneral Dun novant. which had been hitched behind Fort Moultrie. --Duyckinck's War for the Union, 1. 115. Go