|Flag flown by State Troops at Pensacola|
January 27, 1861
As January of 1861 neared an end, the standoff at Pensacola Bay continued to drag on. Lieutenant Adam J. Slemmer and his small band of U.S. soldiers and sailors remained safely behind the walls of Fort Pickens, while a growing force of Southern troops continued to drill and mount guns at positions ringing the bay.
As was the case with volunteers turning out in states across the South, the soldiers from Florida, Alabama and Mississippi at Pensacola were enthusiastic and eager for action. As the days dragged on, they chafed at the idea of being forced to wait day after day instead of moving immediately on Lieutenant Slemmer and his men in Fort Pickens.
A good account of the mood in the camps appeared in late January in the Mobile News:
|Camp at at Pensacola Bay, 1861|
|Navy Yard by an Officer at Fort Pickens, 1861|
Despite the desire of such men as the letter writer for action, however, Colonel William H. Chase continued to hold off on moving against Fort Pickens. January 27, 1861, passed without action at Pensacola Bay, giving Lieutenant Slemmer and his men another day to improve their defenses and prepare for action.