Charleston April 12
--The bombardment of Fort Sumter
by the Confederate
troops in Charleston harbor
commenced this morning at 4 o'clock, and the batteries are now firing on the fortress.
,April 12.--The ball is opened, and war is inaugurated.
The batteries on Sullivan's Island
, Morris' Island
, and other points, opened on Fort Sumter
at 4½ o'clock this morning.
has returned the fire, and a brisk cannonading has been kept up.
No information has been received from seaward yet.
The militia are under arms, and the whole of our population is on the streets.
Every available space viewing the harbor is filled with anxious spectators.
,April 12. P. M.--The firing has continued all day without intermission.
Two of Fort Sumter
's guns have been silenced, and it is reported a breach has been made in the Southern
The answer to Beauregard
's demand on Maj. Anderson
was, that he would surrender when his supplies were exhausted if he was not reinforced.
Not a casualty has as yet happened to any of the Confederate
Of the nineteen batteries in possession of the troops, only seven have opened on Fort Sumter
The remainder are held in reserve for the expected fleet.
Two thousand men arrived in the city this morning and embarked for Morris' Island
,April 12.--The bombardment continues.
The floating battery and Stebbins' battery are opening freely.
is returning the fire.
It is reported three war vessels are outside the bar.
,April 12.--6 P. M.
--The firing has ceased for the night; it will be renewed at daylight, in the morning, unless an attempt should be made to reinforce, which ample arrangements have been made to repel.
The Confederate troops have worked their guns admirably.
Only two were wounded during the day.
, Harriet Lane, and a third steamer are off the bar.
Troops are arriving by every train.
--The bombardment is still going on at this hour.
Discharges are made every 20 minutes from the mortars.
It is supposed Major Anderson
is resting his men for the night.
Three vessels of war are reported outside the bar. They cannot get in. The sea is very rough.
Nobody was hurt to-day.
The floating battery works well.
The troops continue to arrive hourly.
Every inlet to the harbor is guarded.