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|Gotta check my research, but what I recall reading was this incident occured just before the outbreak of hostilities. In fact, there was an incident in Key West in 1859-60 where a slave ship was brought into port. The town marshal wanted the slaves to be housed at Fort Taylor, which was still under construction. The engineer in charge, Capt. E.B. Hunt, told the marshal that would not happen. The slaves were off-loaded on the pier by the fort and transported to the Atlantic side of the island where a facility was built. Many perished from Yellow Fever and Typhoid and were buried near the beach. A few years ago, the cemetary was discovered and is now preserved.