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[from the Richmond times, April 5, 1896.] who is entitled to the distinction of firing it. What Edmund Ruffin, who is Accorded the honor by many, wrote the day of the Historical event.

To the Editor of the Times :
Sir,—I enclose you an extract from the Southern Historical Society Papers of 1884, pages 501-504, in regard to ‘Who fired the first gun at Fort Sumter?’

At the time I published this article, the statement made by General S. B. Lee, that Captain George S. James fired the first gun, was the only claim to that distinction that had come to my notice.

Since then several more claim this honor.

Now, inasmuch as you have had an article from my friend and schoolmate, James P. Harrison, of Danville, asking for the facts in regard to the claim that Edmund Ruffin shot the first gun, I hope you will publish what he himself wrote the day of that event, and the clippings from newspapers of that date, which I think will establish the fact beyond a doubt.

Julian M. Ruffin. Old Church, Va., March 30, 1896.

The extract referred to above follows:

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