|Florida's Old Capitol|
Thursday - January 3, 1861
On noon on this date, 150 years ago in 1861, the delegates to the Florida Secession Convention convened for the first time at the historic old capitol building in Tallahassee. The people of the South kept track of the events through a steady stream of telegrams that went out from the capital city to newspapers and state leaders throughout the region.
The following account of appeared in the Macon Telegraph newspaper the next day:
In Georgia, on the same day, state militia forces took possession of Fort Pulaski, the major defense to the harbor of Savannah. In Washington, D.C., meanwhile, the War Department assembled the information on the military stockpiles at Florida's forts and arsenal that had been requested the previous day by Senators David Levy Yulee and Stephen Mallory. The federal officials quickly decided to keep the information secret after they realized the extent of war material on hand in Florida:
|Cannon at Fort Barrancas|
*Official Records, Series I, Volume I, pages 349-350.