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wn down and accepted, &c., &c. The following is the correspondence between the Secretary of State and the Commissioners from the Confederate States. The letter addressed by the Commissioners to Mr. Seward is recapitulated in the reply of Mr. Seward entire, and we therefore omit it: The reply of Mr. Seward.memorandum. Department of State, Washington March 15, 1861. Mr. John Forsyth, of the State of Alabama, and Mr. Martin J. Crawford, of the State of Georgia, on the 11th inst., through the kind offices of a distinguished Senator, submitted to the Secretary of State their desire for an unofficial interview. This request was, on the 12th inst., upon exclusively public considerations, respectfully declined. On the 13th inst., while the Secretary was preoccupied, Mr. A. P. Banks, of Virginia, called at this department, and was received by the Assistant Secretary, to whom he delivered a sealed communication, which he had been charged by Messrs. Forsyth and Craw
The Daily Dispatch: April 20, 1861., [Electronic resource], Major Anderson to the Secretary of War. (search)
ar. The Srcretary of War at Washington received the following dispatch from Major Anderson, Thursday evening: Steamship Baltic, off Sandy Hook, April 18, 1861, 10.30, A. M., via New York. Having defended Fort Sumter for thirty-four hours, until the quarters were entirely burnt, the main gates destroyed by fire, the gorge walls seriously injured, the magazine surrounded by flames, and its door closed from the effects of heat; four barrels and three cartridges of powder only being available, and no provisions remaining but pork, I accepted terms of evacuation offered by General Beauregard--being the same offered by him on the 11th instant, prior to the commencement of hostilities — and marched out of the Fort on Sunday afternoon, the 14th inst., with colors flying and drums beating, bringing away company and private property, and saluting my flag with fifty guns. Robert Anderson, Major 1st Artillery, Commanding. Hon. Simon Cameron, Secretary of War, Washington.
of Anderson's officers: She had as she came up the flags of Fort Sumter and Fort Moultrie flying. Maj. Anderson, on landing on the Battery, was received by an immense crowd, and his carriage was surrounded by the people, who expressed in cheers and other demonstrations their admiration of his conduct. He was followed by an immense throng through Broadway to the Brevoort House, where he joined his wife. Capt. Doubleday says that the demand to surrender Fort Sumter was made on the 11th, but was refused not only by Major Anderson, but by the unanimous voice of the command. On Friday morning, at 3 o'clock, the rebels sent word that the fire would be opened in an hour. At 4 o'clock the fire opened on us from every direction, including a hidden battery. The fire opened with a volley from seventeen mortars firing ten inch shells, and shot from thirty-three guns, mostly columbiads. We took breakfast very leisurely. The command was divided into three watches, each und