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A Peep at Fort Moultrie

At half past two o'clock our reporter visited Sullivan's Island. Quietness reigned throughout Moultrieville, and it was not until the fort was reached that he noticed any signs of activity. Here, however, was a change. Instead of a mass of smoking ruins, were the well-defined lines of the fortress, unchanged, at least in outward appearance. Instead of utter abandonment on the part of the garrison, the senior office of Engineers and six men maintained possession of the stronghold. Instead of gaining ready admittance, a solid sentinel barred the way, whilst a succession of carts loaded with canister and grape, cooking utensils and cooking stoves, made their devious way to the lighter in attendance, to convey the ill assorted cargo to Fort Sumter. It was very easy to see that the fort had been virtually abandoned, but it was not so easy to ascertain the full extent of the damage. The barracks were still standing, though stripped of their furniture, and deserted by their tenants. In short, it was plain enough an evacuation had taken place, and that visitors to Major ANDERSON were expected to leave their cards at Fort Sumter. From the citizens it was gleaned that the guns had been tarred and spiked, and that the small columns of smoke rising from the interior proceeded from the burning gun carriages. One or two, more mysterious than the rest, stated, with ominous shakings of the head, that the whole interior of the fort had been undermined, and that it was perilous to venture within its walls.

The effect of the news was immediately visible in the streets of our city. The volunteers were out in full force and under arms. The Cadet Riflemen and the Palmetto Guard, with a detachment of City Police, were detailed to take charge of the Arsenal, and a line of patrols was established around the walls.

REF: The Charleston Mercury - 28 DEC 1860

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