Tuesday, January 18, 2011

January 18, 1861

On Friday, January 18, 1861, the Federal Army garrisoned Fort Jefferson on Dry Tortugas off Key West, Florida.  The fort was used as a federal prison during the war. Dr. Samuel Mudd, Edmund Spangler, Samuel Arnold, and Michael O'Laughlen, co-conspirators in the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, would be imprisoned there in 1865.

Florida authorities again demanded the surrender of Fort Pickens at Pensacola and were again refused.

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