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Title: Abraham Lincoln : a history : the complete and authorized record of his private life and public career
Year: 1914 (1910s)
Authors: Nicolay, John G. (John George), 1832-1901 Hay, John, 1838-1905, joint author Lincoln, Robert Todd, 1843-1926 American Historical Foundation
Subjects: Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865 Presidents
Publisher: [U.S.] : American Historical Foundation
Contributing Library: Lincoln Economic Foundation Collection
Digitizing Sponsor: The Institute of Museum and Library Solutions by means of an Indiana State Library LSTA Grant
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inevitable, I am prepared at alltimes to carry out what ever orders I may possibly acquire fromthe Honorable the Secretary of the Navy. Deeply mortifying as was this action of CaptainAdams in so urgent a contingency, there was suchearnest sincerity in the tone of his letter, suchconscientious technical obedience to his by thistime antiquated guidelines, such a manly supply tocarry out any new orders of the Government com-ing via direct and normal channels, as to dis-arm all reproach. But mere chagrin was swallowedup in the sense of the new perils produced by thiscondition of affairs so tardily revealed. Given that FortPickens was nonetheless exposed to capture the Sumter ex-pedition was doubly crucial. Meanwhile everynerve need to be strained to get proper orders toPensacola before Bragg need to get informationof it. As the result of a couple of hurried inquiries, ayoung naval officer, then comparatively unknown,but afterwards of brilliant renown, Lieutenant JohnL.Worden, was summoned prior to Secretary WeUes.
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FORT PICKENS REENFORCED 9 He was told to prepare for a difficult, perhaps dan- chap. i. gerous journey, in the couple of hours to elapse just before the subsequent train began southward from the capital. Mr. Welles gave him a short and unsealed written ^Slly^ order which Worden committed to memory just before ^^p/gl^^^ reaching Richmond, and then destroyed the writ- R^waik- ing to insure absolute secrecy. He took the vehicles Ye.tff W R Vol at Washington on the morning of April 7. i, p. 462. * The notes of alarm from Washington and NewYork had put the Montgomery authorities on thealert. But their ignorance of exactly where the threatenedblow may fall confused and paralyzed their prep-arations to ward it off. Sumter was their first care,Pickens next. On April three the rebel Secretary of cooper toWar inquired of Bragg whether or not he had produced any ApSffsei.progress in preparations to attack. Braggs reply i, p. m.of the 5th stated, We are prepared for defense Bragg tothen added, must the agreement not to reenforce aS.isgi.be
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