Fort Fisher

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Fort Fisher, NE Bastion. Frank Vizetelly (National Geographic)

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

155 Years Ago: The War Is On!!-- Part 1

All of these are coming from "The War of the Rebellion: Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Series 1, Vol. 1."

APRIL 12TH, 1861:

CSA Secretary of War L.P. Walker to Beauregard:  "What was Major Anderson's reply to the proposition contained in my dispatch of last night?"

Gen. Beauregard, Charleston, S.C. to L.P. Walker:  "He would not consent.  I write to-day."

HEADQUARTERS PROVISIONAL FORCES,  Charleston, S.C., April 12, 1861.

Hon. L.P. Walker, Secretary of War:

"SIR:  I have the honor to transmit the inclosed copy of a correspondence with Major Anderson, in consequence of which our fire was opened upon Fort Sumter at 4:30 o'clock this morning, as already communicated to you by telegraph.

"The pilots reported to me last evening that a steamer, supposed to be the Harriet Lane, had appeared off the harbor."

G.T. BEAUREGARD, Brigadier-General Commanding.

So, It's War, Then.  --Old B-R'er


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