An incident occurred during the cannonading, of Fort Sumter
, which, for its peculiarity, deserves particular mention.
Roger A. Pryor
, of Virginia
, ex-Member of Congress, was one of the second deputation that waited upon Major Anderson
He was the very embodiment of Southern chivalry.
Literally dressed to kill, bristling with bowie-knives
and revolvers, like a walking arsenal, he appeared to think himself individually capable of capturing the fort, without any extraneous assistance.
Inside of the fort he seemed to think himself master of every thing — monarch of all he surveyed — and, in keeping with this pretension, seeing upon the table what appeared to be a glass of brandy, drank it without ceremony.
, who had witnessed the feat, approached him and said: “Sir, what you have drank is poison — it was the iodide of potassium--you are a dead man
The representative of chivalry instantly collapsed, bowie-knives
, revolvers and all, and passed into the hands of Burgeon Crawford
, who, by purgings, pumping, and pukings, defeated his own prophecy in regard
to his fate.
left Fort Sumter
“a wiser, if not a better man.” --N. Y. Tribune, April 19