Bangor (ME) Whig and Courier, “Have We a Traitor at the Head,” December 25, 1860

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    “Have We a Traitor at the Head,” Bangor (ME) Whig and Courier, December 25, 1860, p. 2: 2.
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    HAVE WE A TRAITOR AT THE HEAD. The N. Y. Times comments upon the report that the President has ordered Major Anderson to surrender Fort Moultrie if attacked. It wants confirmation of it, although there are some significant circumstances in connection. The Times cites the fact that the Charleston Mercury, two months before the election, asserted that if South Carolina seceded before the 4th of March, she would meet with no resistance, adding – “We know what we say.” It is also said that as early as September last, three hundred troops were collected here for the purpose of being sent to Charleston, under Lieut. Davis, to reinforce Fort Moultrie. Just as they were ready to start, the orders were countermanded from Washington, and the troops were sent to California. It will also be remembered that 17,000 stand of arms were some months since sent to the arsenal at Charleston which has no United States force to protect it, and which is now in charge of a military company of Charleston.

    The Times truly says that the surrender of the Charleston forts would at once end all attempts at conciliation and give entirely a new direction to the discussions of the day. The country never will submit to the degradation of succumbing to a rebel State.

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