January 15, 1861
As Lieutenant Adam J. Slemmer and the soldiers and sailors in Fort Pickens continued to prepare the fort for defense, they were again confronted by representatives of the State of Florida on January 15, 1861, 150 years ago today.
Colonel William H. Chase, commanding the state forces at Pensacola Bay, requested a conference with Lieutenant Slemmer. He was accompanied by Commander Ebenezer Farrand, who just three days earlier had been an officer in the United States Navy. After Slemmer agreed to receive them, Chase read him a letter demanding the surrender of Fort Pickens:
|Col. William H. Chase|