hat day, in the Department of State, but a copy of it was not handed to the commissioners until April 8.
But an oral answer had been made to the note of the commissioners at a much earlier date, fordate.
In his letter to Colonel Munford, written more than twelve years afterward, he says Sunday, April 8th. The very next day (the 8th) the following official notification (without date or signaturconfidence in the promises of the United States government, before they ceased to be made.
On April 8th they sent the following dispatch to General Beauregard:
Washington, April 8, 1861.
ure their late confederates.
To this communication, no formal reply was received until the 8th of April.
During the interval, the Commissioners had consented to waive all questions of form, with te notice to the Governor of South Carolina, and the notice was so given at a late hour on the 8th of April, the eve of the very day on which the fleet might be expected to arrive.
That this manoeuv
rying twenty-six guns and about fourteen hundred men, including the troops sent for reenforcement of the garrison.
These facts became known to the Confederate government, and it was obvious that no time was to be lost in preparing for, and if possible anticipating the impending assault.
The character of the instructions given General Beauregard in this emergency may be inferred from the ensuing correspondence, which is here reproduced from contemporary publications:
Charleston, April 8th. L. P. Walker, Secretary of War.
An authorized messenger from President Lincoln just informed Governor Pickens and myself that provisions will be sent to Fort Sumter peaceably, or otherwise by force. (Signed) G. T. Beauregard.
General G. T. Beauregard
Montgomery, April 10th. General G. T. Beauregard, Charleston.
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
might be made to their lodgings.
Why this was not done, it is proper should be here explained.
The memorandum is dated March 15th, and was not delivered until April 8th.
Why was it withheld during the intervening twenty-three days? In the postscript to your memorandum you say it was delayed, as was understood, with their (Messr President Lincoln informed Governor Pickens and General Beauregard that provisions will be sent to Fort Sumter—peaceably, or otherwise by force.
This was the 8th of April, at Charleston, the day following your last assurance, and is the last evidence of the full faith I was invited to wait for and see. In the same paper I read tured and interpreted in connection with these promises, is the proximate cause of the great calamity.
I have a profound conviction that the telegrams of the 8th of April, of General Beauregard, and of the 10th of April, of General Walker, the Secretary of War, can be referred to nothing else than their belief that there has bee