Letter from Capt. John Brannan to Army HQ in Washington, D.C.:
"Colonel, I have the honor to report that everything is quiet at Key West to this date, nor do I apprehend any attack on this fort (Taylor) until a perfectly-organized company is raised. Flags of the Southern Confederacy have been raised upon the stores of various citizens.
"I doubt if any resident of Key West will be allowed to hold office under the federal government unless supported by the military and naval forces. We are on terms of friendship with the best portion of the citizens, and all hope there will be no collision."
The Situation Improved Since January. --Old B-R'er