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The Daily Dispatch: may 16, 1861., [Electronic resource] 6 2 Browse Search
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hem through me. It is under an oppressive sense of the weight of the responsibility that I submit to you these things for your explanation. (Signed,) John A. Campbell, Very respectfully, Associate Justice of the Supreme C. U. S. Hon. Wm. H. Seward. Sec'y of State. Dispatches to L. P. Walker, Secretary of war. An authorized message from President Lincoln just informed Gov. Pickens and myself that provisions will be sent to Fort Sumter peaceably, or otherwise by force. Gen. P. G. T. Beauregard:--If you have no doubt as to the authorized character of the agent who communicated to you the intention of the Washington Government to supply Fort Sumter by force, you will at once demand its evacuation, and if this is refused, proceed in such manner as you may determine to reduce it. Washington City, April 20, 1861. Sir: I enclose you a letter corresponding very nearly with one I addressed to you one week ago, (13th April,) to which I have not had any reply.
Sketch of Gen. Beauregard. --Gen. P. G. Toutant Beauregard, the Commander-in-Chief at Charleston, was born on his father's plantation, near New Orleans. He is a descendant of the most aristocratic Southern families. His father was a wealthy and influential Louisiana planter. His mother was of Italian origin, and descended from the ducal Reggio family of Italy. Gen. Beauregard entered the United States Military Academy at West Point, at an early age, where he graduated in 1838, taking the second honors in a class of forty-five graduates, and was appointed to the corps of engineers. He was promoted to a First Lieutenancy in June, 1840, and in that cof Contreras and Churubusco, to date from August 20, 1847; and again as Major for the battle of Chepultepec, to date from the 13th of September of that year. Gen. Beauregard is about forty-three years of age, in prime of life and vigorous health, erect as a soldier, well made and remarkably active. There is great spirit and deter