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The Daily Dispatch: November 19, 1862., [Electronic resource], The War and the Southern forts — rejoinder of Lieut. Gen. Scott to ex-president Buchanan. (search)
against a surprise or coup de main (an off-hand attack--one without full preparation.) That these movements of small detachments might easily have been made in November and December, 1860, and some of them as late as the following month, cannot be doubted. But the ex-President sneers at my "weak device" for saving the forts. He forgets what the gallant Anderson did, with a handful of men, in Fort Sumter, and leaves out of the account what he might have done with a like handful in Fort Moultrie, even without further augmentation of men to divide between the garrisons. Twin forts on the opposite sides of a channel not only give a cross fire on the head of an attack, but the strength of each is more than doubled by the flanking fire of the other. The same remarks apply to the gallant Lieutenant Slemmer, with his handful of brave men in Fort Pickens. With what contempt might he not have looked upon Chase or Bragg, in front of him, with varying masses of from two to six thousand