Tuesday, April 26, 2011

April 14, 1861 (Sunday) Fort Pickens Reinforced

Pre-war diagram of Fort Pickens.

US Frigate Sabine
Off Pensacola, April 14, 1861

Hon. Gideon Welles, Secretary of the Navy, Washington:

SIR: I have the honor to inform you that immediately on the receipt of your order by Lieutenant Worden, on the 12th instant, I prepared to re enforce Fort Pickens.  It was successfully performed, on the same night, by landing the troops under Captain Vogdes, and the marines of the squadron under Lieutenant (John C.) Cash.  No opposition was made, nor do I believe the movement was known on shore until it was accomplished.

The Brooklyn, Captain (W.S.) Walker, and the Wyandotte, Lieutenant Commanding (J. R. M.) Mullany, were very skillfully managed.  They carried the landing party to the designated spot with accuracy in spite of the darkness of the night and not having the light house to guide them,, the light having been extinguished early in the evening.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

Captain, Senior Officer Present

Although the Pensacola Navy Yard was surrendered on April 12 the Union forces still held Fort Pickens.  The reinforcement of the fort is described above.

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