Countdown to the Civil War: April 2, 1861

Message to Gen. Totten in Washington from Captain Woodbury relates that most of the military staff at Fort Clinch in Florida has been discharged as directed. He adds: “The State of Florida, or the Confederate States, will probably soon take possession of Fort Clinch.” From Martin Crawford in Washington to Robert Toombs of Alabama: “Watch at all points.  It is said the Pawnee (sic) sailed from this place this evening with three companies of artillery.” The day before, the Commandant of the Navy-Yard in Brooklyn, N.Y., received sealed orders to make the Powahatan ready for sea duty at the earliest possible moment. “…Orders…to go forward to-morrow. Abraham Lincoln.”

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