- General Beauregard desires the Engineers' reports of the condition of Fort Sumter. -- conference between Colonel Rhett, the Engineer officers, and Captain Harleston on the 24th of August. -- additional report of Colonels Gilmer and Harris. -- General Beauregard resolves not to evacuate the Fort, but to withdraw the Artillery from it, and make it, for the time being, an infantry post. -- his instructions to General Ripley.-he Recommends Colonel Rhett for promotion. -- work done by the garrison of Sumter. -- Gradual transformation of the Fort. -- Colonel Rhett withdrawn, with the Artillery Regulars, and Major Elliott placed in command, with infantry guard. -- instructions given to General Ripley. -- knowledge of the enemy's purpose to attack Cummings's Point. -- how the ‘Key’ to his signals was procured. -- enemy foiled. -- history of the two heavy guns at Battery Wagner. -- Admiral Dahlgren demands the surrender of Sumter. -- General Beauregard's answer. -- combined Federal attack on Sumter. -- its failure. -- Major Elliott's journal. -- important letters and instructions of General Beauregard. -- President Davis visits Savannah and Charleston. -- cordial reception tendered him in Charleston.-his address. -- his omission to mention or praise the officers in command of the works, of the Military Districts and of the Department. -- slight reference made in his book to the defence of Charleston. -- errors in his account of the evacuation of Sumter. -- Partial After—correction.
In order to form a correct opinion of the precise condition of Fort Sumter after the bombardment (of which a description was given in the preceding chapter), based on Colonel Rhett's and the Engineers' reports, the following order, on the 24th of August, was forwarded to Colonel Harris:
Colonels Gilmer and Harris complied with these instructions,