Fort Fisher

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

Monday, April 11, 2016

"Diplomacy Has Failed. The Sword Must Now Preserve Out Independence"

From Martin J. Crawford in Washington, D.C. to General Beauregard in Charleston, April 9, 1861.

"The messenger speaks doubtless by authority.  He gives the promised notice to Governor Pickens.  Diplomacy has failed.  The sword must now preserve out independence.  Our gallant countrymen will do their duty."

From L.P. Walker, Secretary of War, Montgomery, Alabama, to Gen. Beauregard, Charleston, S.C. April 10. 1861:  "If you have no doubt of the authorized character of the agent who communicated to you the intention of the Washington Government to supply Fort Sumter by force you will at once demand its evacuation, and if this is refused proceed, in such manner as you may determine to reduce it.  Answer."

Beauregard replied that day:  "The demand will be made to-morrow at 12 0'clock."

Walker replied asking if Beauregard could do it earlier unless there was a special reason.  Beauregard replied there was.

--Old B-R'er

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