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[427] of your position, that you signify in respectful terms to Major Anderson that all communication with the city from the fort, and with the fort from the city, for any purpose of supply, is absolutely inhibited. And after having so notified that gentleman, at the very earliest moment practicable, you will make your surveillance of the harbor, and the enforcement of the rule of instruction indicated in the notice to the commander of Fort Sumter, as rigid as all the means at your command, in the most watchful vigilance, can secure.

Until the withdrawal of the commissioners of this government from Washington—an event which may occur at any moment—no operations, beyond what is indicated in the foregoing, would be admissible. Promptly, however, on the receipt, by this government, of the intelligence of such withdrawal, the department will transmit to you specific instructions for your guidance.

Respectfully, your obedient servant,

L. P. Walker, Sec. of War.


Appendix to Chapter IV.

Headquarters Provisional Army C. S., Charleston, S. C., April 27th, 1861.
Hon. L. P. Walker, Sec. of War, Montgomery, Ala.:
Sir,—I have the honor to transmit to the department my detailed report of the operations during the bombardment of Fort Sumter, accompanied by copies of the reports sent in to this office by the commanders of the batteries, together with a series of photographs, twenty-two in number, showing the condition of Forts Sumter and Moultrie, and of the floating battery, after the surrender of the former fort.

I have the honor to be, very respectfully, your obedient servant,


Headquarters Provisional Army C. S., Charleston, S. C., April 27th, 1861.
Brig.-Genl. Cooper, Adj.-Genl. C. S. A.:
Sir,—I have the honor to submit the following detailed report of the bombardment and surrender of Fort Sumter, and the incidents connected therewith. Having completed my channel-defences and batteries in the harbor, necessary for the reduction of Fort Sumter, I despatched two of my aids at 2.20 P. M., on Thursday, the 11th of April, with a communication to Major Anderson, in command of the fort, demanding its evacuation. I offered to transport himself and command to any port in the United States he might select; to allow him to move out of the fort with company-arms and property, and all private property, and to salute his flag on lowering it. He refused to accede to this demand. As my aids were about leaving, Major Anderson remarked, ‘that if we did not batter him to pieces he would be starved out in a few days,’ or words to that effect.


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