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BOAT-HOUSE AND LANDING
AT FORT DICKENS.
WE publish herewith, from
sketches kindly sent us by officers of
Lieutenant Slemmer's command, a view of one of
the ten flank casemate batteries at Fort Pickens, and a view of the boat-house
at which all the interviews between the Secessionist leaders and the United
States forces are held. One of our correspondents writes :
PICKENS, FLORIDA, March 15, 1861.
" Inclosed please find a drawing
representing the Landing and Boat-house of Fort Pickens, Florida.
This is the first and most
familiar object that meets the visitor's eyes on coming to the fort, as it is
the point where all must come who visit the island, and besides, as you come
into the harbor, it is the only object that breaks the monotony of the beach for
" On the left is the Quarantine
Point, about seven miles distant. This is a projection from the main land.
Pensacola lies across a bay to the left of the Quarantine. The central opening
in the distant shore is the continuation of
Pensacola Harbor to the eastward.
The point on the right is 'Fair Point,' and at its base is an old Spanish fort,
by the boat-house. I will send
you a sketch of it in a few days.
" The sentinel, at the moment I
immortalized him, was watching the minnows.
" No strangers or secessionist
friends are allowed to land at any point but this wharf. Here all interviews are
held, and here Lieutenant Slemmer was thrice summoned to surrender—twice by
Major Chase, in command of the united secession forces. The interviews on this
wharf are frequent, and it was only yesterday that I met an old comrade who
served with me in the Florida War, but who is now aid to Bragg : while the day
before I met the embassador
from Bragg, and recognized a
former class-mate at West Point. Both are serving the secessionists, and came
with letters from their commanders. We took a friendly glass while sitting on
the wharf, and renewed assurances."
A PARTING glance round the
office, to assure himself all desks, closets, and iron safes are properly
secured for time night, and the solicitor's confidential clerk locks up, and
prepares for home.