and no apparent results from their visits.
About the 3d of April a vessel attempted to come into the harbor and was fired into by one of our batteries.
She proved to be the schooner, R. H. Shannon
, loaded with ice, on her way to Savannah
, coming into Charleston
Some flags passed between the Governor
and Major Anderson
, and the Major
sent Lieutenant Theodore Talbot
with a communication to his Government in relation to the matter.
The vessel was allowed to proceed on her journey.
returned on the 8th with a message to Governor Pickens
that the Government
intended to provision Fort Sumter
At 3 o'clock on the afternoon of the 10th General Beauregard
sent Colonel James Chesnut
and Captain Stephen D. Lee
to bear a demand to Major Anderson
for a surrender of Fort Sumter
The sailing of the fleet from New York was known to both Anderson
refused to accede to the demand, but stated that his provisions were nearly out. This refusal and the information communicated by Anderson
were conveyed to Beauregard
That officer, still anxious to avoid a collision, sent Colonel Chesnut
, Colonel Pryor
and Captain Lee
to inquire of Anderson
what day he was willing to evacuate if he was not attacked.
They reached the Fort
about eleven o'clock P. M. Anderson
named the 15th, at noon of that day, provided that he did not receive fresh instructions or was not relieved by that time.
In view of the approach of the fleet with supplies and reinforcements, it was plainly out of the question for Beauregard
was therefore notified on the 11th of April that fire would be opened on Fort Sumter
at half-past 4 o'clock A. M. on the 12th.
On the afternoon of the 11th the commanders of batteries were informed, in orders from General Beauregard
, of the demand made upon Major Anderson
, of his refusal, and of the time at which firing would begin.
They were also notified that the first shot would be fired from a battery at Fort Johnson
, on James Island
, commanded by Major James
Soon after the order was received, the Wee Nees
manned both of the batteries in their charge.
Though these men afterwards learnt to sleep under fire, it can well be understood that there would not be much sleep that night.
We looked anxiously and often towards Fort Johnson
, all intending to hear the first shot, and determined not to lose the opportunity of witnessing one of the most notable events in the history of the State