[from our regular Correspondent.]
Charleston, April 15, 1861.
I now wish merely to say to the persons who have written to me lately about business, that things have changed complexion in the last few days.
It is impossible for me, with the duties pressing upon me at present, to answer one-fourth of them.
I lay their letters carefully by, and when I have time I will reply.
I may say to you here that hundreds of men from your State will be with us are long.
To gentlemen who write for situations in the Army I will say, that I am now in correspondence with Gen. Beauregard
, and shall expect to have a private interview with him at an early hour, when I think I shall be permitted to say that if your gallant sons wish to cover themselves with glory, make up in your State several regiments of your best blood.
For the present I will say, we need men of war more than men of business, and I advise all persons who may wish merely to gratify their curiosity, to stay away from here.
Such persons do no good, and take up the room and food of those who come for other purposes.
I make this suggestion because our city is overrun with that class of men. Let soldiers come — strong soldiers — brave soldiers — fighting soldiers — undaunted soldiers.
The fleet lies outside still.
No doubt now they will be joined by others in a few days and an attempt will be made to land; If so, you will hear of blood and carnage.
You will see from the papers that during the two days bombardment, and even when Maj. Anderson
raised his flag of distress repeatedly, the fleet took no notice of him, nor did they attempt to come to his assistance.
The commander of the fleet offered to take Anderson
and his men off, and the latter indignantly refused to be carried away by them, and our Government, at his special request, sent the Major
and men by our steamer, the Isabel