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Florida and Alabama militias seize the Pensacola Navy Yard and Fort Barracas

Fort Barrancas, Pensacola, Florida, summer 1861, zoomable image
01/12/1861
Seven companies of militia from Florida and Alabama appeared at the Pensacola Navy Yard and demanded its commander Commodore Armstrong surrender the base to the independent state of Florida.  With little means to resist, Armstrong complied. Fort Barrancas was seized at the same time leaving the vitally strategic Fort Pickens, with eighty-one men under Lieutenant Adam J. Slemmer as the only federal installation in United States hands. (By John Osborne)
Source Citation: 
"Particulars of the Surrender of the Pensacola Navy Yard," New York Times, January 24, 1861.

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