Then sir we will give them the bayonet! Stonewall Jackson
That is exactly what I am going to do to Al Mackey’s page at http://studycivilwar.wordpress.com/2013/04/14/who-owned-fort-sumter/
Here Mackey makes his case for the Union’s ownership of Fort Sumter. Most of what he says is true. I am unsure of the exact location of Sumter if it is not in the description of land described in the Fort Moultrie survey or not. That issue really doesn’t matter . What matters is this Mackey left out one important part of the Fort Moultrie document. That would be this part which is really, in relation to Sumter the only part that matters—
“That, if the United States shall not, within three years from the passing of this act, and notification thereof by the governor of this State to the Executive of the United States, repair the fortifications now existing thereon, or build such other forts or fortifications as may be deemed most expedient by the Executive of the United States on the same, and keep a garrison or garrisons therein, in such case this grant or cession shall be void and of no effect.”
Now Mackey claims Fort Sumter is not addressed. The portion above in bold black clearly addresses any and all forts in Charleston Harbor, past, present and future.
Now to be fair I am currently looking through the Congressional record and viewing any and all information I can find on this matter. If there is evidence that Sumter is not covered by these conditions I will post to the Southern Heritage Advancement Preservation and Education website at http://southernheritageadvancementpreservationeducation.com/page.php?4