Correspondence and Orders Relating Specifically to the Operations in Charleston Harbor, S.C.
From October 31, 1860, April 14, 1861
Confederate Correspondence. Etc.--#3
OR--SERIES I--VOLUME 1 [S#1] CHAPTER I

CHARLESTON,
April 13, 1861.


Hon. L. P. WALKER:


        Anderson has hauled down the United States flag on Sumter and run up 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 till now--3 o'clock. Aides have been sent by Beauregard to Sumter.

R. B. RHETT, JR.


CHARLESTON, S.C.,
April 13, 1861--2 p.m.

President JEFF. DAVIS,
Montgomery, Ala.:

        Quarters in Sumter all burned down. White flag up. Have sent a boat to receive surrender. But half an hour before had sent a boat to stop our firing and offer assistance.

G. T. BEAUREGARD.


CHARLESTON, S.C.,
April 13, 1861.

Gov. F. W. PICKENS

        DEAR GOVERNOR: I have sent Major Jones, Captain Hartstene, and Colonels Miles and Pryor to Major Anderson to tell him that I offer him the same terms that I did on the 11th, and that a vessel or steamer would be sent to him in the morning to take him to the steamer outside, and that he must be responsible in the mean time for the fort; otherwise, I would put four companies of artillery in there to-night. I also told Captain Hartstene to go out to the fleet and tell them that the fort was now ours, but under the safe-keeping of Major Anderson, and that no attack could be made upon it by them.
        In the morning I will order two of Colonel Ripley's companies and two of De Saussure's to take possession of Fort Sumter.


Respectfully, your obedient servant,
G. T. BEAUREGARD.

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