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Abercrombie, Gus (fl. 1861) to Paul J. Semmes

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC00572.26 Author/Creator: Abercrombie, Gus (fl. 1861) Place Written: Columbus, Georgia Type: Telegram Date: 16 January 1861 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Telegram to Semmes requesting the service of his troops in Pensacola, Florida immediately. Advises him to go see Georgia Governor Joseph E. Brown for further details. On telegram stationery of The Magnetic Telegraph Company. Written six days after Florida's secession. The Confederacy maintained control of Pensacola, but Fort Pickens, one of three forts guarding the harbor, was held by Union forces throughout the war. Jefferson Davis was inaugurated as president of the Confederacy on February 18, 1861 in Montgomery Alabama. Semmes's Columbus Guards served as an honor guard at the ceremony.

People: Abercrombie, Gus, fl. 1861.
Semmes, Paul Jones, 1815-1863.

Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

Keywords/Subjects: Civil War, Military History, Confederate General or Leader, Confederate States of America, Militia

Sub Era: The American Civil War