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After weeks of refusal, the commander of Fort Brown in Texas surrenders and marches his men to the coast

Fort Brown, Brownsville, Texas, 1861, artist's impression
03/06/1861
Four days after General Twiggs surrendered his command, Texas authorities discussed with Lieutenant B. H. Hill, U.S. Artillery, then in command of Fort Brown on the Rio Grande in deep south-east Texas, the evacuation of all federal troops who did not wish to join the Confederacy.  Hill refused this, called it treason, and began to consolidate forces on the post.  Later, he considered his isolated position, surrendered the fort, and marched with his men to the coast.  (By John Osborne)   
Source Citation: 
Frank Moore, The Rebellion Record: A Diary of American Events, with Documents, Narratives, Illustrative Incidents, Poetry, Etc. (New York: G.P.Putnam, 1861), I: 19. 

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