|Florida's Historic Old Capitol|
January 10, 1861
As a large crowd gathered outside the Old Capitol in Tallahassee, Florida's Secession Convention met for its critical day. By a margin of 62 to 7, they approved the state's Ordinance of Secession. A short time later Governor-elect John Milton of Jackson County walked out onto the east portico of the capital and announced the decision to the people assembled there. Celebrations interrupted in the capital city and then in other towns and communities across the state as word spread by telegraph and word of mouth. Please click here to learn more about Florida's historic Old Capitol.
|Lt. Adam J. Slemmer|
…At 8 a.m. on the 10th a flatboat was sent to the wharf, which was loaded, as well as all the small boats which could be had. We were landed at Fort Pickens at about 10 a.m. On the way over, Captain Berryman turned over to me thirty ordinary seamen from the yard, without arms or equipments of any kind. We labored all day until night carrying up the stores to the fort, and arranging for its defense. I directed that all the powder in Fort Barrancas should be taken out and rolled to the beach, for transportation if possible; if not , for destruction.- Lieutenant Adam J. Slemmer, U.S. Army, February 5, 1861
|Mortar at Fort Pickens|
On the mainland, the Pensacola Navy Yard remained in Union hands, but this situation would change two days later. The heavy guns of Fort Barrancas bearing on the bay had been spiked, but no other major damage was done to the fort or the adjacent Barrancas Barracks. No mention is made in the reports of any damage being done to either the cannon or structure of the nearby Advanced Redoubt.
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