et, when it has come unprepared upon a crisis, a man had about this time come forward, in connection with the reliefexpedi-tions to Fort Sumter, who was fitted, as nearly as any one man could be, to take charge of the work.
This man was Captain Gustavus V. Fox.
It may be said in passing that an accident of this kind cannot be counted on, nor can it justify the absence of preparation, when preparation is so simple and easy —in war nothing must be left to chance.
In addition to his natural attainments, which were exceptional, Fox was a man of varied experience, having passed eighteen years in the navy, during which he had served in ships-of-war, in the Coast Survey, and in command of mail-steamers.
Five years before the war he had resigned, and had engaged in business.
He therefore started in his career as Assistant Secretary with a grasp of the situation, and a capacity to meet it, that could be found in few men at that time, either outside the service or in it. To say that he b