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commissioners to Washington sudden movement of Major Anderson correspondence of the commissioners with the Psident interviews of the author with Buchanan Major Anderson the Star of the West the President's special were said to be effectives—under command of Major Robert Anderson of the First Artillery. About twelve dayspreparations were secretly made for reenforcing Major Anderson, in case it should be deemed necessary by the gd, by the news that, during the previous night, Major Anderson had secretly dismantled Fort Moultrie, Ibid., harleston. On the occupation of Fort Sumter by Major Anderson, Secretary of War Floyd, taking the ground thatproved that the suggestion was not accepted. Major Anderson, who commanded the garrison, had many ties and rt and revise it for transmission to Congress. Major Anderson's duties in Charleston harbor hindered him fromight was the honor, how broad the patriotism of Major Anderson, and how fully he sympathized with me as to the
Charleston and Pensacola. Fort Sumter was still occupied by the garrison under command of Major Anderson, with no material change in the circumstances since the failure of the attempt made in Janua forces at Charleston, inquiring whether the fort had been evacuated, or any action taken by Major Anderson indicating the probability of an evacuation. Answer was made to this dispatch that the fort had not been evacuated, that there were no indications of such a purpose, but that Major Anderson was still working on its defenses. This dispatch was taken to Seward by Judge Campbell. Two interviend reenforcements to the garrison. He did not, he says, communicate his plan or purposes to Major Anderson, the commanding officer of the garrison, having discernment enough, perhaps, to divine that d that no war-vessel could be allowed to enter the harbor on any terms. He said he believed Major Anderson preferred an ordinary steamer, and I agreed that the garrison might thus be removed. He sai
ecord of Port Sumter, p. 37. letter of Major Anderson, United States army, protesting against FoCaptain Fox to the fort, that, having visited Anderson at Fort Sumter, a plan had been agreed upon blished letter, I made no arrangements with Major Anderson for supplying the fort, nor did I inform h respectfully, Your obedient servant, Robert Anderson, Major 1st Artillery, commanding. Thisatisfaction with orders, fully vindicates Major Anderson from all suspicion of complicity or sympatsire needlessly to bombard Fort Sumter, if Major Anderson will state the time at which, as indicatedneral, Your obedient servant, (Signed) Robert Anderson, Major U. S. Army, commanding. To Brigadire than a superficial attention to that of Major Anderson, bearing in mind certain important facts not referred to in the correspondence. Major Anderson had been requested to state the time at which lag of the United States—thereby releasing Major Anderson from his pledge—it is evident that his con[9 more...]<
osed and shams torn away forbearance of the Confederate Government who was the Aggressor? Major Anderson's view, and that of a naval officer Horace Greeley on the Fort Sumter case the bombardmentt and enforce it. At the very moment when the Confederate commander gave the final notice to Major Anderson of his purpose to open fire upon the fort, that fleet was lying off the mouth of the harbor,e fort was eventually set on fire by shells, after having been partly destroyed by shot, and Major Anderson, after a resolute defense, finally surrendered on the 13th—the same terms being accorded to under fire in an open boat to the fort, and climbing through one of its embrasures asked for Major Anderson, and insisted that he should surrender a fort which it was palpably impossible that he could hold. Major Anderson agreed to surrender on the same terms and conditions that had been offered him before his works were battered in breach, and the agreement between them to that effect was prompt
ority of the people at the May and August elections voted for the neutrality and peace of Kentucky. The press, the public speakers, the candidates—with exceptions in favor of the Government at Washington so rare as not to need mention—planted themselves on this position. You voted for it, and you meant it. You were promised it, and you expected it. . . . Look now at the condition of Kentucky, and see how your expectations have been realized—how these promises have been redeemed. . . . General Anderson, the military dictator of Kentucky, announces in one of his proclamations that he will arrest no one who does not act, write, or speak in opposition to Mr. Lincoln's Government. It would have completed the idea if he had added, or think in opposition to it. Look at the condition of our State under the rule of our new protectors. They have suppressed the freedom of speech and of the press. They seize people by military force upon mere suspicion, and impose on them oaths unknown to th<
Memorandum of verbal instructions to Major Anderson, first artillery, commanding Fort Moultrie were the last instructions transmitted to Major Anderson before his removal to Fort Sumter, with a Under these circumstances it is clear that Major Anderson acted upon his own responsibility, and wit Be this as it may, when I learned that Major Anderson had left Fort Moultrie, and proceeded to F news was received here of the movement of Major Anderson. That news was communicated to you immedi publicly avowed ground that the action of Major Anderson had violated the pledged faith of the Gover, and the dismantling of Fort Moultrie by Major Anderson, in the face of your pledges, and without in Washington on Wednesday. The news from Major Anderson reached here early on Thursday, and was imrolina (which is the only justification of Major Anderson), you are forced to admit has not yet been and, by refusing to disavow the action of Major Anderson, have converted his violation of orders in[2 more...]
was one not even entertained, still less acted upon, in any case. Then, Senators, we are brought to consider passing events. A little garrison in the harbor of Charleston now occupies a post which, I am sorry to say, it gained by the perfidious breach of an understanding between the parties concerned; and here, that I may do justice to one who had not the power, on this floor at least, to right himself—who has no friend here to represent him—let me say that remark does not apply to Major Anderson; for I hold that, though his orders were not so designed, as I am assured, they did empower him to go from one post to another, and to take his choice of the posts in the harbor of Charleston; but in so doing he committed an act of hostility. When he dismantled Fort Moultrie, when he burned the carriages and spiked the guns bearing upon Fort Sumter, he put Carolina in the attitude of an enemy of the United States; and yet he has not shown that there was any just cause for apprehension.
bert Anderson, commanding Fort Sumter. Major Anderson to the Governor Headquarters, Fort Sumte have the honor to be, very respectfully, Robert Anderson, Major U. S. Army, commanding. the Gouth Carolina. The demand I have made of Major Anderson, and which I now make of you, is suggestedFort Sumter is now held, demanded from Major Robert Anderson, now in command of that fort, its deliwithstanding the circumstances under which Major Anderson left Fort Moultrie and entered Fort Sumteran time, we think your State should suffer Major Anderson to obtain necessary supplies of food, fuelrged, will wait for their instructions. Major Anderson and his command, let me assure you, do nownt it is not deemed necessary to reenforce Major Anderson, because he makes no such request, and feelt concludes his letter by saying: Major Anderson is not menacing Charleston; and I am convimter during the period suggested, and that Major Anderson should enjoy the facilities of communicati[9 more...]