Category Archives: Adam J. Slemmer

January 15, 1861: Chase to Slemmer: “Surrender the fort.”

Wednesday, December 29, 2010 11:11 AM On the 15th Colonel Chase, commanding the forces of Florida, accompanied by Commander Farrand, late of the U. S. Navy, asked for a consultation, at which Colonel Chase read me the following letter: HEADQUARTERS … Continue reading

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January 13, 1861: Definitely now some shots in Florida

Adam J. Slemmer On the night of the 13th a body of some ten men were discovered evidently reconnoitering. A shot was fired by them, which was returned by the sergeant. They then retreated. Nothing more could be seen of … Continue reading

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January 8, 1861: First shots of the Civil War?

Lieut. Adam J. Slemmer While national attention was focused on the port at Charleston, South Carolina, other southern ports had Federal fortifications that were threatened as well. The seaport at Pensacola, Florida, was defended by a small force at Fort … Continue reading

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