APRIL 13, 1861: Beauregard to L.P. Walker, Confederate Secretary of War: "Officers' quarters in Sumter burning. Part of the roof supposed to have fallen in. Sumter firing at long intervals. Ours regular and effective. Six vessels outside in signals with Sumter (referring to Fox's fleet)."
Later, a telegraph to Walker: from Rhett.
"Anderson has hauled down the United States flag on Sumter and run up a white flag. Fort has been burning for several hours from effect of shells. two explosions have been produced by shells. he has ceased firing some time, and fire of all the batteries has been continuous until now-- 3 o'clock. Aides have been sent by Beauregard to Sumter.
R.B. Rhett, Jr.