crowned their gallantry.’
Commenting upon the terms granted to Major Anderson
and his command, he said: ‘And to show our magnanimity to the gallant defenders, who were only executing the orders of their government, they will be allowed to evacuate upon the same terms which were offered to them before the bombardment commenced.’
He concluded as follows: ‘The general is highly gratified to state that the troops, by their labor, privations, and endurance at the batteries and at other posts, have exhibited the highest characteristics of tried soldiers.’
And now began in earnest, without the loss of a day, the repairs, which amounted almost to the rebuilding of Fort Sumter
With zeal and energy this work was done; and in less than three weeks no vestige of the former injuries remained.
The broken chassis and carriages had been replaced, the barracks rebuilt—one story in height instead of two, as formerly—and the walls restored to their previous condition.
Meanwhile General Beauregard
went on with the organization and discipline of the troops called by South Carolina
, which were gradually mustered into the Provisional Army of the Confederate States
Early in May, a brigade of four regiments of South Carolina volunteers was organized, under Brigadier-General Bonham
It consisted of the 1st South Carolina Volunteers, Colonel Gregg
; the 2d South Carolina Volunteers, Colonel Kershaw
; the 3d South Carolina Volunteers, Colonel Williams
; and the 8th South Carolina Volunteers, Colonel Cash
That brigade, made up of the flower of Carolina
's chivalry, was sent to Virginia
, by order of the War Department, the ‘Old Dominion’ having, on the 17th of April—four days after the fall of Sumter
—joined her fate to that of the Southern Confederacy.
One of the regiments of Bonham
's brigade (Gregg
's) had been sent in advance to Norfolk
Its mission was to take possession of the navy-yard and protect all public property there.
This was a judicious movement.
The many cannon and mortars, and the ammunition stored at Norfolk
, were of the greatest value to the Confederacy
, then almost entirely destitute of such important supplies.
The whole brigade was soon afterwards concentrated at Manassas Junction
, in the Department of Alexandria, or ‘the Alexandria
line,’ as it was also called, the command of which devolved upon General Bonham
He remained there until relieved, on the 1st of June, by General Beauregard