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John G. Nicolay, The Outbreak of Rebellion, Chapter 5: Sumter. (search)
uctions from my Government, or additional supplies. This reply was, of course, unsatisfactory to the rebels. The interchange of these several messages had consumed the afternoon and night of April 11th, and at 3:20 A. M., of the morning of April 12th, Beauregard's aids handed Anderson a note stating that he would open fire upon Sumter in one hour from that time. The inhabitants of Charleston had now for more than three months followed the development of secession and rebellion with unfle twenty-one casemate guns but four were fortytwo pounders, the rest only thirty-twos, a weight of metal of little avail against the enemy's strong earthworks and iron roofs. In this way the cannonade went actively on during the forenoon of April 12th, without much damage or effect, except upon the buildings in both Sumter and Moultrie, ordinarily occupied as barracks and quarters. Sumter suffered most in this respect: the balls striking the face of its walls merely buried themselves in the