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March 21. A. H. Stephens, Vice-President of the Confederate States of the South, delivered a speech at Savannah, Ga. It is intended to be a vindication of the new features in the contitution, which has been adopted for their government.--(Doc. 48.)
ng-inooted evacuation of Fort Sumter. One company of artillery left Washington for Fort Hamilton, and two more are to follow to-morrow. Unwonted activity also prevails in the navy, several vessels being rapidly fitted for service.--World, April 4. The mortar batteries on Morris' Island, Charleston harbor, fired into an unknown schooner. She displayed the stars and stripes, and put to sea. A boat from Sumter with a white flag went out to her; nobody hurt. A shot had gone through her.--(Doc. 49.) All officers of the Southern Confederate army, on leave of absence, were ordered to their respective commands.--Times, April 5. The South Carolina Convention ratified the Constitution of the Confederate States, by a vote of 114 to 16.--Tribune, April 6. The Charleston correspondent writes: By the by, let us never surrender to the North the noble song, the Star-Spangled Banner. It is southern in its origin; in sentiments, poetry and song; in its association with c
een to avoid the effusion of blood, while such preparation was made as to render it causeless and useless. It seems we have been unable, by discretion, forbearance, and preparation, to effect the desired object, and that now the issue of battle is to be forced upon us. The gage is thrown down, and we accept the challenge. We will meet the invader, and the God of Battles must decide the issue between the hostile hirelings of Abolition hate and Northern tyranny, and the people of South Carolina defending their freedom and their homes. We hope such a blow will be struck in behalf of the South, that Sumter and Charleston harbor will be remembered at the North as long as they exist as a people. Steamers Illinois and Baltic, in commission for United States Government, got to sea from New York. They discharged their pilots at 7.30 A. M., and sailed southwardly.--(Doc. 50.) United States sloop-of-war Pawnee sailed from Norfolk at 6 P. M., with scaled orders.--Times, April 11.
l the Government's efforts were to be directed toward peace. The commissioners allege that the Government at Montgomery was earnestly desirous of peace; and that, in accordance with its instructions, as well as their own feelings, they left no means unexhausted to secure that much-desired end; but all their efforts having failed, they were now forced to return to an outraged people with the object of their mission unaccomplished; and they express the firm conviction that war is inevitable.--(Doc. 51.)--World, April 12. At 2 P. M. Colonel Chesnut and Major Lee, aids to General Beauregard, conveyed to Fort Sumter the demand that Major Anderson should evacuate that fort. Major Anderson replied at 6 P. M. that his sense of honor and his obligations to his Government would prevent his compliance with the demand. He informed the gentlemen verbally that he would be starved out in a few days. It was stated that there were at this time 7,000 men around Fort Sumter under arms, 140 pi
at Morris' Island, with a request to be allowed to come and take Major Anderson and his forces.--(Doc. 52.)--Tribune, Times, Herald, and World. A Despatch from Montgomery, Ala., says that Fort Pickens was reinforced last night.--(Doc. 53.) To-day the President expelled from the Federal army, for refusing to act on a particular service, Captain William B. St. Johns, of the Third Infantre President at Washington, when they presented the resolutions under which they were appointed.--(Doc. 54.) The attack upon Fort Sumter, and its surrender, instead of depressing, fires and animahey can do it. With all such purposes they are determined to make an end as speedily as may be.--(Doc. 55.)--Times, April 15. Bishop Lynch, Roman Catholic, at Charleston, S. 0., celebrated the beral orders to-day, congratulates the troops under his command on the brilliant success which has crowned their gallantry, by the reduction of the stronghold in the harbor of Charleston. --(Doc. 56.)
and commanded the persons composing the combinations aforesaid to disperse and retire peaceably to their respective abodes within twenty days. In the same proclamation, an extra session of both Houses of Congress was called for the 4th of July.--(Doc. 57.)--Times, April 15. At Alexandria, Va., the publication of President Lincoln's proclamation has greatly increased the secession feeling. Business of all kinds is completely suspended. Merchants are engaged in discussing the probability bility of the present terrible events.--Tribune. Fernando Wood, Mayor of New York, issued a proclamation, calling upon the people of the city to avoid turbulence and excitement, and to rally to the restoration of the Constitution and Union.--(Doc. 58.) An enthusiastic Union meeting was held at Cleveland, Ohio. Speeches were made by Senator Wade and other prominent gentlemen. Resolutions were adopted to sustain the Government, approving of the President's call for volunteers, recomme
ized, and all armed volunteers, regiments, or companies, are commanded to hold themselves in readiness for immediate orders, and to prepare for efficient service.--(Doc. 59.) A meeting, composed of all parties, was held at Middletown, Orange county, N. Y. Speeches were made, and great enthusiasm prevailed.--Tribune, April 20. atification of the Constitution of the United States of America by the State of Virginia, and to resume all the rights and powers granted under said authorities. --(Doc. 60.) Further precautions were taken at Washington to guard against a sudden raid of the rebels upon the city. The Long Bridge across the Potomac was patrolleillery, with guns posted to sweep the bridge, kept guard on the Washington side. Intense excitement prevailed.--Tribune. Jefferson Davis issued a proclamation, offering to grant letters of marque and reprisal, to aid the Southern Confederacy in resisting the wanton and wicked aggressions of the Federal Government.--(Doc. 61.)
the union and peace of the country against all assailants, whether from the North or the South.--(Doc. 61 1/2.) The Common Council of Boston appropriated $100,000 to provide for soldiers enlistied into the arsenal. All the works, munitions of war, and 15,000 stand of arms were destroyed.--(Doc. 62.)--Times, April 21. 1. The Capitol. 2. Arsenal. 3. Arsenal. 4. Navy Yard. 5. Cntucky will not take part against the Federal Government, but will maintain a neutral position.--(Doc. 63.) The Custom House and Post Office at Richmond were seized by order of the Governor. ThNew York from Charleston by the Baltic, and met with an enthusiastic reception from the people.--(Doc. 64.)--Herald, April 19. The Sixth Massachusetts regiment arrived in New York en route for Wor declared that no troops should be sent from the State, except for the defence of Washington.--(Doc. 65.)--Tribune, April 20. A Mass meeting was held at Kingston, N. Y., to sustain the Governm
mediate taking of the $9,000,000 remaining of the Government loan.--(Doc. 66.) The President of the United States issued a proclamation, announcing the blockade of the Southern ports.--(Doc. 67.) Sherrard Clemens, a strong Union man, and late member of Congress for RichmoPennsylvania, were added to the Military Department of Washington.--(Doc. 68.)--Times, April 25. A positive announcement that General Sc troops could pass through Baltimore unless they fought their way.--(Doc. 69.)--Times, April 21. Boston was terribly excited at the attahis Commonwealth. John A. Andrew, Governor of Massachusetts. --(Doc. 70.) At Fall River, Mass., a meeting was called on the receptionbefore they left, and 48 rounds of ball-cartridge were served out.--(Doc. 71.) Lieut. Jones, late in command of Harper's Ferry, arrived atf spirits. Brig.-Gen. Benj. F. Butler and Quartermaster John Moran, of Boston, accompany the Regiment.--(Doc. 72.)--N. Y. Tribune, April 20.
s the fire was terribly destructive, and, when viewed in connection with the fact that no life was lost, is the most extraordinary case ever recorded in history. --(Doc. 73.) A Mass meeting of citizens in support of the Union, the Constitution and the Government, was held in Union Square, New York City. It was called by leading citizens without distinction of party.--(Doc. 73 1/2.) John C. Breckenridge, Ex-Vice-President, addressed a large audience at Louisville, Ky., this afternoon, denouncing President Lincoln's proclamation as illegal, and saying that he could not make his 75,000 men efficient until after the meeting of Congress. He proposed tortunes with the South.--N. Y. Times, April 22. The Fourth Regiment of Massachusetts militia landed at Fortress Monroe, Va., from the steamer State of Maine.--(Doc. 74.)--J. B. B. in the N. Y. Times, April 22. The citizens of Taunton, Mass., presented Major Robert Anderson a sword, as an expression of their admiration of
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