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Buras (Louisiana, United States) (search for this): article 14
hundred men to Fort Pickens, Pensacola harbor, and a garrison of the like number to the twin fort, McRae; a garrison of one hundred men to Fort Jefferson, Tortugas Island, and the same to Fort Pulaski, below Savannah, which, like Forts Jackson, St. Philip, Morgan and McRae, had not at the time a soldier — leaving about two hundred men for the twin Forts Moultrie and Sumter, Charleston harbor, where there were two weak companies, making less than ninety men. Fortress Monroe had already a garrisonhandbills were everywhere posted in Eastern Virginia, by an eccentric character, inviting recruits to take that most important work. I have thus shown that small garrisons would at first have sufficed for the other twins, Forts Jackson and St. Philip, also. My object was to save to the Union, by any means at hand, all those works until Congress could have time to authorize a call for volunteers — a call which the President, for such purpose, might no doubt have made without any special leg
Fort Moultrie (South Carolina, United States) (search for this): article 14
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
Charleston Harbor (South Carolina, United States) (search for this): article 14
, Jackson and St. Philip, below New Orleans; an equal number to Fort Morgan, below Mobile; a reinforcement of one hundred men to Fort Pickens, Pensacola harbor, and a garrison of the like number to the twin fort, McRae; a garrison of one hundred men to Fort Jefferson, Tortugas Island, and the same to Fort Pulaski, below Savannah, which, like Forts Jackson, St. Philip, Morgan and McRae, had not at the time a soldier — leaving about two hundred men for the twin Forts Moultrie and Sumter, Charleston harbor, where there were two weak companies, making less than ninety men. Fortress Monroe had already a garrison of some eight companies, one or two of which might, in the earlier period of danger, have been spared till volunteers could have been obtained, notwithstanding printed handbills were everywhere posted in Eastern Virginia, by an eccentric character, inviting recruits to take that most important work. I have thus shown that small garrisons would at first have sufficed for the ot
Fort McRae (Florida, United States) (search for this): article 14
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 men, if Fort Pickens and its twin, Fort McRae, had had between them only two hundred men! Now, although it is true that, with or without the ex-President's approbation, the Secretary of War had nearly denuded our whole Eastern seaboard of troops in order to augment our forces in Texasickens, Pensacola harbor, and a garrison of the like number to the twin fort, McRae; a garrison of one hundred men to Fort Jefferson, Tortugas Island, and the same to Fort Pulaski, below Savannah, which, like Forts Jackson, St. Philip, Morgan and McRae, had not at the time a soldier — leaving about two hundred men for the twin Forts Moultrie and Sumter, Charleston harbor, where there were two weak companies, making less than ninety men. Fortress Monroe had already a garrison of some eight compa
Galveston (Texas, United States) (search for this): article 14
115,000 extra muskets and rifles, with all their implements and ammunition, from Northern repositories to Southern arsenals, so that on the breaking out of the maturing rebellion they might be found without cost, except to the United States, in the most convenient positions for distribution among the insurgents. So, too, with the one hundred and twenty or one hundred and forty pieces of heavy artillery, which the same Secretary ordered from Pittsburg to Ship Island, in Lake Borgne, and Galveston, Texas, for forts not yet erected! Accidently learning, early in March, that, under this posthumous order, the shipment of these guns had commenced, I communicated the fact to Secretary Holt (acting for Secretary Cameron) just in time to defeat the robbery. But on this point we may hear ex-Secretary Floyd himself. At Richmond he expressly claimed the honor of defeating all my plans and solicitations respecting the forts, and received his reward; it being there universally admitted that
Ship Island (Mississippi, United States) (search for this): article 14
he removal, by Secretary Floyd, of 115,000 extra muskets and rifles, with all their implements and ammunition, from Northern repositories to Southern arsenals, so that on the breaking out of the maturing rebellion they might be found without cost, except to the United States, in the most convenient positions for distribution among the insurgents. So, too, with the one hundred and twenty or one hundred and forty pieces of heavy artillery, which the same Secretary ordered from Pittsburg to Ship Island, in Lake Borgne, and Galveston, Texas, for forts not yet erected! Accidently learning, early in March, that, under this posthumous order, the shipment of these guns had commenced, I communicated the fact to Secretary Holt (acting for Secretary Cameron) just in time to defeat the robbery. But on this point we may hear ex-Secretary Floyd himself. At Richmond he expressly claimed the honor of defeating all my plans and solicitations respecting the forts, and received his reward; it be
Fort Morgan (Alabama, United States) (search for this): article 14
eral of the above dates, the six hundred recruits (about) which we had in the harbor of New York and at Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania, nearly all organized into temporary companies, and tolerably drilled and disciplined — quite equal to the purpose in question — besides the five companies of regulars near at hand, making about one thousand men.--These disposable troops would have given (say) two hundred men to the twin forts, Jackson and St. Philip, below New Orleans; an equal number to Fort Morgan, below Mobile; a reinforcement of one hundred men to Fort Pickens, Pensacola harbor, and a garrison of the like number to the twin fort, McRae; a garrison of one hundred men to Fort Jefferson, Tortugas Island, and the same to Fort Pulaski, below Savannah, which, like Forts Jackson, St. Philip, Morgan and McRae, had not at the time a soldier — leaving about two hundred men for the twin Forts Moultrie and Sumter, Charleston harbor, where there were two weak companies, making less than ninet<
Utah (Utah, United States) (search for this): article 14
lant 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 men, if Fort Pickens and its twin, Fort McRae, had had between them only two hundred men! Now, although it is true that, with or without the ex-President's approbation, the Secretary of War had nearly denuded our whole Eastern seaboard of troops in order to augment our forces in Texas and Utah, I nevertheless pointed out, at several of the above dates, the six hundred recruits (about) which we had in the harbor of New York and at Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania, nearly all organized into temporary companies, and tolerably drilled and disciplined — quite equal to the purpose in question — besides the five companies of regulars near at hand, making about one thousand men.--These disposable troops would have given (say) two hundred men to the twin forts, Jackson and St. Philip, below
Fortress Monroe (Virginia, United States) (search for this): article 14
ich, like Forts Jackson, St. Philip, Morgan and McRae, had not at the time a soldier — leaving about two hundred men for the twin Forts Moultrie and Sumter, Charleston harbor, where there were two weak companies, making less than ninety men. Fortress Monroe had already a garrison of some eight companies, one or two of which might, in the earlier period of danger, have been spared till volunteers could have been obtained, notwithstanding printed handbills were everywhere posted in Eastern Virginr. Toucey, Secretary of the Navy, with officers about him of intelligence and nautical experience, ought to have said plumply that if Vodges was not to land except in the case of an attack upon Fort Pickens, he might as well have remained at Fortress Monroe, as the prohibition placed the fort, so far as he was concerned, at the mercy, (or as the event showed) in the want of enterprise on the part of the rebel commander at Pensacola. Possibly there are other parts of the reply which a super
St. Phillip (Indiana, United States) (search for this): article 14
Texas and Utah, I nevertheless pointed out, at several of the above dates, the six hundred recruits (about) which we had in the harbor of New York and at Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania, nearly all organized into temporary companies, and tolerably drilled and disciplined — quite equal to the purpose in question — besides the five companies of regulars near at hand, making about one thousand men.--These disposable troops would have given (say) two hundred men to the twin forts, Jackson and St. Philip, below New Orleans; an equal number to Fort Morgan, below Mobile; a reinforcement of one hundred men to Fort Pickens, Pensacola harbor, and a garrison of the like number to the twin fort, McRae; a garrison of one hundred men to Fort Jefferson, Tortugas Island, and the same to Fort Pulaski, below Savannah, which, like Forts Jackson, St. Philip, Morgan and McRae, had not at the time a soldier — leaving about two hundred men for the twin Forts Moultrie and Sumter, Charleston harbor, where the<
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