§Major Robert Anderson, commander
of the Charleston garrison, was located at Fort Moultrie.
the Fall of 1860, South Carolina authorities considered both
secession and the expropriation of Federal property in the harbor
to be inevitable.
§As tensions mounted, the area around the fort
began to resemble a siege when South Carolina authorities placed
picket ships to observe the movements of the troops.
officials threatened violence when forty rifles were
transferred to one of the harbor forts from the U.S. arsenal in
§Fort Moultrie was the oldest fort constructed
in the harbor and was headquarters of the garrison.