|Officers Quarters of the Arsenal|
January 4, 1861
The situation in Tallahassee grew very tense on January 4, 1861. A national day of prayer had been called and the churches of the city joined in, although many of the most determined secessionists refused to participate as they believed it was being done at the call of the abolitionists in New England.
The Secession Convention itself did not meet on the 4th, but there was plenty of discussion of the events sweeping across the South. Alabama seized the Mount Vernon Arsenal north of Mobile that day and Florida leaders contemplated military action as well. A telegram had been intercepted in Atlanta and its contents directed to Governor Madison Perry in Tallahassee. According to the diary of Virginian Edmund Ruffin who had come down to observe the convention, it instructed the three man garrison of the Apalachicola Arsenal in Chattahoochee to destroy more than two tons of gunpowder housed there:
|Pre-War Sketch of Arsenal|