to describe the circles of fire of Forts Sumter
At Major Beauregard
's avowal, General Totten
expressed both surprise and pain, and used every endeavor to dissuade him—we need not add, without success.
then went to the headquarters of General Scott
, to inform him also of his intended resignation; but failed to find the general, as he was temporarily absent from Washington
had been authorized by General Totten
, so anxious was the latter to retain him in the service, to defer assuming command at West Point
until after the close of the January examinations; and, in the meantime, having nothing to detain him in Washington
, he left for New York, to await further developments.
In New York he met several army friends, among others, Captain G. W. Smith
of Engineers, then acting as Street Commissioner
of the great northern metropolis, and Captain Mansfield Lovell
The absorbing topic of the day was necessarily brought forward and earnestly discussed.
informed them of his intention to follow his State should it secede.
They approved of his proposed course, and declared that they would act in the same manner, were they similarly situated.
had been only a few days in command at West Point
, when the new Secretary of War
, Mr. Holt
, through animosity to Mr. Slidell
, it was said, and perhaps because he had no faith in Major Beauregard
's Union sympathies, peremptorily remanded him to his former station in New Orleans.
No order could have been more acceptable to him, and he hastened to obey it.
Passing through the city of New York
, on his way South, he received a telegram from Governor Moore
, of Louisiana
, informing him of the withdrawal of the State
from the Union
, and requesting his immediate return.
He readily complied, and took passage on a steamer leaving the next day for New Orleans.
Upon reaching her wharf he found it crowded with people, very much excited, who had collected there to see the steamer Star of the West
, just returned from off Charleston
, with two or three shotholes in her hull and chimney-stack.
He went on board and was entertained by her captain with a graphic account of the hot reception the South Carolina
authorities had given him. Major Beauregard
had little idea, then, that in less than two months he would be constructing additional batteries in the harbor of