and let there, for all time to come, be written on every heart, as a motto — that, under all circumstances and in every condition of things, there is but one post of safety and that is to stand by the Constitution.
Letter from the Secretary of War. War Department, Jan. 03. 1861. Sir:
--In answer to your letter asking for information on certain points specified in a resolution adopted by the Committee on Military Affairs of the House of Representatives, on the 18th ultimo, I have the honor to state as follows:
According to the latest report of the engineer officer having charge of the construction of the defences of the harbor of Charleston, everything practicable had been done to place Fort Moultrie in an efficient condition, and, with a proper garrison, it was deemed susceptible of an energetic defence.
There were then employed at that work one officer and one hundred and twenty workmen, independent of the regular garrison.
On the evening of the