Saturday, January 22, 2011

NYC police seize Georgia, Alabama muskets

At the port of New York City, the city police under orders from their superintendent John A. Kennedy, seize a cargo of 38 boxes of muskets bound for Savannah, Georgia (thence by railroad to Alabama), aboard the steamer Monticello, and place them in the state arsenal in the city, intending to keep them from Southern hands. This incident will precipitate a demand by Georgia Governor Joe Brown to New York Governor Morgan to return the 200 guns which were purchased by two businessmen in Macon (the rest of the more than 900 total muskets were headed to Alabama). The New York governor will not respond to repeated telegraphs from Governor Brown which will lead to retaliation by the Georgia governor./1861

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