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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 12. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Agreement between the United States Government and South Carolina as to preserving the status of the Forts at Charleston. (search)
sident. A day or two after they reached there they received a telegram (the first that reached the city) that Major Anderson had in the night-time evacuated Fort Moultrie, and occupied Fort Sumter. This movement was in direct violation of the stipulations before referred to. A few moments afterwards General Floyd, the Secretaston harbor; that it was a violation of that arrangement; and that he would see the President immediately and order Major Anderson to return with his forces to Fort Moultrie. He left the commissioners, saying that he would see the President immediately. The commissioners acertained that day, or the next, that the President hesiuchanan, in his last communication to the commissioners, states that he never contemplated for a single moment issuing an order requiring Anderson to return to Fort Moultrie. During the two or three days when that matter was under consideration and discussion several of the Southern Senators waited upon the President and urged him
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 12. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Morris Island. (search)
will overtake you. But when he got to the beach, he found, to his dismay, that in the darkness and confusion they had gone off and left him, supposing him to be aboard. His position was truly a melancholy and precarious one, for the guns of the enemy's batteries and those of the fleet swept the open beach, as the tide was out; and if he returned to Battery Wagner, that was no refuge to seek shelter in, when every instant he hoped to hear the powder blow up, and all of our batteries and Fort Moultrie had been instructed to concentrate their fire upon it as soon as the signal of our having evacuated Morris Island had been given. To surrender, and be taken prisoner, was also dreadful. Just then a boat, which was apparently going out to sea, swept by. He hailed it, and was informed, to his joy, that it was a ten-oared Confederate barge, which had turned back to avoid capture, and was going round by Sullivan's Island. The officer in charge, in reply to his earnest appeal, For God's s
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 12. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Captain Francis Huger Harleston. (search)
s, from the simple earth-work you see to-day! The fort was destroyed, the guns dismounted, the barracks burned over the soldiers' heads, and, later on, the magazine exploded, the dead and wounded strewing the ground, while the heaviest artillery of the age continuously concentrated its fire against the ruin, and assault after assault attempted its capture; yet Fort Sumter never surrendered! When, at last, after defying the army and navy of the United States for four years, and with Fort Moultrie and the forts and batteries of the harbor, and the Confederate army on the islands and the main, all the defenders of Charleston were ordered to North Carolina for the final struggle, then, sir, (to Major T. A. Huguenin,) did you, as the last commander of the fort, withdraw your brave comrades from that immortal post. <*> can well imagine the feelings of those men as they quietly got into the boats, and, with muffled oars, rowed away to Charleston! It was the last and the final cha