MARCH 13TH, 1861: It was reported by Captain J.M. Brannan, US Army, commanding Fort Zachary Taylor that "everything is quiet at Key West to this date" -- a tribute to the firm policing of the area by Union naval vessels.
Throughout the early months of 1861 the "showing of the flag" by the Fleet maintained a peaceful equilibrium in a situation fraught with tension. The much-feared attack, expected to accompany Florida's secession (January 10), did not materialize.
Of course, you could only get to Key West at that time by boat.