|1861 Map showing the Forts at Pensacola Bay|
January 9, 1861
The morning of January 9th found Lieutenant Adam J. Slemmer of the U.S. Army worried about his situation at Fort Barrancas and his authority to put his men into a position that would be easier to defend. The firing of shots on the drawbridge the previous night and rumors of state troops preparing for a move on the post placed him in a critical situation.
His fears over his authority were relieved when a letter arrived from Lieutenant Colonel George W. Lay in Washington, D.C.:
At 10 o’clock a.m. I came with the greater part of my command, Company G, First Artillery, to Fort Pickens to mount guns and make necessary preparations for defense, leaving Lieutenant Gilman at Barrancas Barracks with the remainder to make necessary arrangements for removal. At 1 p.m. Lieutenant Gilman, seeing no signs of the promised assistance, called to see the commodore, and was informed by him that the only assistance he could afford would be to furnish some provisions and take the command over…. - Lieutenant Adam J. Slemmer, U.S. Army, February 5, 1861.