Northwest Fla. source of intrigue

The beginning days of the War Between the States brought about a great deal of uncertainty and calculated political moves by leaders in Washington and Montgomery, AL (the capital of the Confederate states at that time). Among these calculated political moves the issue of re-supplying Federal garrisons became a major point of contention between the two governments.

The South had warned that any Federal efforts to re-supply US coastal fortifications would be considered an act of war. During this time a string of forts stretching from Virginia to Texas guarded the Southeast from foreign attac...