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,000 men, and these were principally in the Western States and Territories, guarding the frontier settlers against the Indians. The forts and arsenals on the seaboard, especially within the slave States, were so weakly manned, or not manned at all, that they became an easy prey to the Confederates. The consequence was that they were seized, and when the new administration came into power, of all the fortifications within the slave States only Fort Monroe, in Virginia, and Forts Jefferson, Taylor, and Pickens, on the Gulf coast, remained in possession of the government. The seized forts were sixteen in number. They had cost the government about $6,000,000, and had an aggregate of 1,226 guns. All the arsenals in the cotton-growing States had been seized. Twiggs had surrendered a portion of the National army in Texas. The army had been put so far out of reach, and the forts and arsenals in the North had been so stripped of defenders, by Floyd, Buchanan's Secretary of War, that the
its investigation on March 21, and on the 28th President McKinley transmitted the findings and evidence to Congress, accompanying them with a special message. The following is the text of the report: United States ship Iowa—first rate. Key West, Fla., Monday, March 21, 1898. After full and mature consideration of all the testimony before it, the court finds as follows: 1. That the United States battle-ship Maine arrived in the harbor of Havana, Cuba, on the 25th of January, 1898, anA. M., to await the action of the convening authority. W. T. Sampson, Captain, United States Navy, President. A. Marix, Lieutenant-Commander, United States Navy, Judge-Advocate. United States flag-ship New York, March 22, 1898, off Key West, Fla. The proceedings and findings of the court of inquiry in the above case are approved. M. Sicard, Rear-Admiral, Commander-in-Chief of the United States Naval Force on the North Atlantic Station. When it became evident that the differe
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Fort Jefferson and Fort Taylor, (search)
efferson and Fort Taylor, At the Garden Key, one of the Tortugas Islands, off the extremity of the Florida Peninsula, was Fort Jefferson; and at Key West was Fort Taylor. Neither of these forts was quite finished at the beginning of 1861. The Confederates early contemplated their seizure, but the laborers employed on them by the United Fort Taylor, Key West. States government were chiefly slaves, and their masters wished to reap the fruit of their labor as long as possible. It was believed these forts might be seized at anytime by the Floridians. Captain Brannan, with a company of artillery, occupied barracks about half a mile from Fort Taylor. SFort Taylor. Some of the military and civil officers there were Confederates, and they determined to oppose Captain Brannan if he should attempt to take possession of that fort. Finally Captain Brannan succeeded by a stratagem in gaining possession. The steamer Wyandotte lay near the fort, and her guns commanded the bridge that connected it wi
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Mississippi River. (search)
epassed the Vicksburg batteries. On Feb. 10 she started on another raid down the river, accompanied by a gunboat and coal-barge. They passed the batteries at Vicksburg, went up the Red River to the Atchafalaya, captured a train of army-wagons and a quantity of stores on that stream, and also a small steamer (the Era) laden with corn and Texas soldiers. Captain Ellet compelled the pilot of the Era to serve the Queen of the West in the same capacity, when he purposely ran her ashore near Fort Taylor, where heavy guns soon disabled her. Captain Ellet and his crew abandoned her, and retreated on floating bales of cotton. The accompanying gunboat (De Soto) picked them up, when the same pilot ran her ashore, and the vessel and coal-barge were scuttled and sunk. The little Era was now Ellet's last refuge. Casting her corn overboard (her Texan soldiers had been paroled), he went as lightly and rapidly as possible down to the Mississippi, when the same Confederate pilot ran her ashore,
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Monroe, James 1759-1870 (search)
nd; and, in reflecting with high satisfaction on the honorable manner in which they have sustained the reputation of their country and its navy, the sentiment is alloyed only by a concern that, in the fulfilment of that arduous service, the diseases incident to the season and to the climate in which it was discharged have deprived the nation of many useful lives, and among them of several officers of great promise. In the month of August a very malignant fever made its appearance at Thompson's Island, which threatened the destruction of our station there. Many perished, and the commanding officer was severely attacked. Uncertain as to his fate, and knowing that most of the medical officers had been rendered incapable of discharging their duties, it was thought expedient to send to that post an officer of rank and experience, with several skilful surgeons, to ascertain the origin of the fever, and the probability of its recurrence there in future seasons; to furnish every assistan
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Navy of the United States (search)
eaus, below the grade of rearadmiral, hold that grade while chiefs of the bureaus. The regular stations of the navy were the North Atlantic Station, flag-ship Kearsarge; Pacific Station, flag-ship Iowa; Asiatic Station, flag-ship Brooklyn; and South Atlantic Station, flag-ship Chicago. There were 11 vessels engaged on special service and 9 in the training service. Naval stations were maintained at Boston, Mass. (navy-yard); Island of Guam, Ladrones; Havana, Cuba; Honolulu, Hawaii; Key West, Fla.; Indian Head, Md.; Mare Island, Cal. (navy-yard); Newport, R. I. (training station, naval war college, and torpedo station); New York, N. Y. (navy-yard); Norfolk, Va (navy-yard); Pensacola, Fla. (navyyard); Philadelphia, Pa. (navy-yard); Cavite, Philippine Islands; Port Royal, S. C.; Portsmouth, N. H. (navy-yard); Puget Sound, Wash. (navy-yard); San Francisco, Cal. (training station); San Juan, Porto Rico; Tutuila, Samoa; Washington, D. C. (navy-yard); and Yokohama, Japan (naval hospita
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Pickens, Fort (search)
t McRae. Across from Fort Pickens, on the main, was Fort Barrancas, built by the Spaniards, and taken from them by General Jackson. Nearly a mile eastward of the Barrancas was the navy-yard, then in command of Commodore Armstrong. Before the Florida ordinance of secession was passed (Jan. 10, 1861) the governor (Perry) made secret preparations with the governor of Alabama to seize all the national property within the domain of Floridanamely, Fort Jefferson, at the Garden Key, Tortugas; Fort Taylor, at Key West; Forts Pickens, McRae, and Barrancas, and the navy-yard near Pensacola. Early in January the commander of Fort Pickens (Lieut. Adam J. Slemmer), a brave Pennsylvanian, heard rumors that the fort was to be attacked, and he took immediate measures to save it and the other forts near. He called on Commodore Armstrong (Jan. 7) and asked his co-operation, but having no special order to do so, he declined. On the 9th Slemmer received instructions from his government to use all d
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Remey, George Collier 1841- (search)
Remey, George Collier 1841- Naval officer; born in Burlington, Ia., Aug. 10, 1841; graduated at the United States Naval Academy in 1859; served with distinction during the Civil War; was with the North and South Atlantic blockading squadrons in 1862-63; participated in a number of actions, including the siege of Battery Wagner and the attack on Fort Sumter, in 1863; was captured during the assault on the latter. When the war with Spain broke out he was placed in command of the naval base at Key West, Fla.; was promoted rear-admiral in November, 1898, and appointed commandant of the Portsmouth navy-yard. In March, 1900, he was given command of the Asiatic Station, and in this capacity directed the operations of the United States naval forces in China (q. v.)
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), United States of America. (search)
861 United States arsenal and barracks at Baton Rouge, La., seized by Louisiana State troops......Jan. 10, 1861 Fort Jackson and Fort Philips, below New Orleans, seized by Louisiana State troops......Jan. 11, 1861 Ordinance of secession of Alabama adopted in convention, 61 to 39......Jan. 11, 1861 Florida demands the surrender of Fort Pickens, at the entrance of Pensacola Bay, Florida, with the garrison of eighty-one men, under Lieutenant Slemmer; refused......Jan. 12, 1861 Fort Taylor, Key West, garrisoned by United States troops......Jan. 14, 1861 Ordinance of secession of Georgia adopted in convention, 208 to 89......Jan. 19, 1861 United States Senators Clement C. Clay, of Alabama, Thomas L. Clingman, of North Carolina, Jefferson Davis, of Mississippi, Stephen R. Mallory and David L. Yulee, of Florida, withdraw from the Senate with speeches of defiance......Jan. 21, 1861 United States arsenal at Augusta, Ga., seized by Georgia troops......Jan. 24, 1861 O
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Whitehead, William Adee 1810-1884 (search)
Whitehead, William Adee 1810-1884 Historian; born in Newark, N. J., Feb. 19, 1810; became a surveyor and made a survey of Key West, Fla., in 1828; was United States customs collector there in 1830-38; then removed to New York and became a stock-broker. He was one of the founders of the Newark Library Association and was corresponding secretary of the New Jersey Historical Society from its establishment in 1845 till his death. He was the author of East Jersey under the proprietary governments; Papers of Lewis Morris, Governor of New Jersey; Analytical index to the colonial documents of New Jersey, in the State paper office in England; Biographical sketch of William Franklin; Contributions to the early history of Perth Amboy, etc. He died in Perth Amboy, N. J., Aug. 8, 1884.
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