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in a few days. Answer. G. T. Beauregard. The answer came in all haste. It was as follows: Montgomery, April 11th, 1861. To General Beauregard, Charleston: We do not desire needlessly to bombard Fort Sumter. If Major Anderson will state the time at which, as indicated by him, he will evacuate, and agree that in the meantime he will not use his guns against us, unless ours should be employed against Fort Sumter, you are authorized thus to avoid the effusion of blood. If this, or its equivalent, be refused, reduce the fort as your judgment decides to be the most practicable. L. P. Walker. The substance of these instructions was immediately forwarded to the fort, by General Beauregard's aids, accompanied by Colonel Roger A. Pryor, of Virginia. But Major Anderson, as the official despatch has it, would not consent. In consequence of which, after timely notice had been given to him in General Beauregard's name, on April 12th, at 4.30 A. M., We opened fire.
n officer whose name we have not been able to procure. A few days previous to the bombardment, the general commanding had announced, in general orders, the names of the officers composing his staff. They were Major D. R. Jones, Assistant-Adjutant-General, Captain S. D. Lee, Captain S. Ferguson, Lieutenant Sydney Legare—of the Regular staff; Messrs. John L. Manning, James Chestnut, Jr., William Porcher Miles, A. J. Gonzales, and A. R. Chisolm, and Colonels L. T. Wigfall, of Texas, and Roger A. Pryor, of Virginia—of the Volunteer staff. Though the opening of hostilities had, for the last two days, been almost hourly expected by officers and men of the various commands, and by the whole population of the city of Charleston, still, so good was the tone of the troops, so confident of the result were the non-combatants, that when the last message of the commanding general had been delivered, notifying Major Anderson that fire would open on him in an hour's time, quiet, order, and disc
eve Burnside's expedition is intended for Wilmington, to cut off railroad to Charleston. Let government look to it. G. T. Beauregard. Hon. James L. Kemper, Speaker House of Delegates, Richmond, Va. Referring to this despatch, Colonel R. A. Pryor, then a Member of Congress, wrote as follows: I took the liberty of reading your telegram. The effect of its patriotic sentiment on Congress would have been most grateful to your feelings had you witnessed it. An effort was made to supve months volunteers, the army would consist mostly of raw recruits, in opposition to a force comparatively veteran, and superior both in numbers and in all the appointments of war. Accordingly, on the 20th of January, he communicated to the Hon. Roger A. Pryor, of the Confederate House of Representatives, a plan with the following main features: The governors of the States, upon an immediate call by the Confederate government, to fill the regiments in the field to their legal standard, by a dr
Chapter 15: Colonel Pryor, of the military committee of Congress, visits General Beaurasks for specific instructions. letter to Colonel Pryor. fall of Fort Donelson. its effect upon ded by General Albert Sidney Johnston. Colonel Pryor gave many strong reasons for the transfer se were very generally entertained, which, Colonel Pryor thought, could only be averted by prompt ad to the inclemencies of the weather. But Colonel Pryor, notwithstanding the objections raised agay the gentlemen of Congress in whose names Colonel Pryor had spoken. He was then, as ever, the solted authorities. So he finally yielded to Colonel Pryor's pressing representations, and informed hffective force at seventy thousand men, by Colonel Pryor, surprised General Beauregard to no small ur wishes. I send letter in the morning. Roger A. Pryor. A letter to the same effect came theich, by authority of the Secretary of War, Colonel Pryor had given him, struck General Beauregard w[7 more...]
, Messrs. Chisolm, Wigfall, Chestnut, Manning, Miles, Gonzales, and Pryor—I am much indebted for their indefatigable and valuable assistance,ter not received. May I tell President you will go? Say go. Roger A. Pryor. [Answered on the 25th at 11 A. M., as follows:] Yes, I will go. May God protect our cause! G. T. Beauregard. Col. Roger A. Pryor. Headquarters near Centreville, Jan. 23d, 1862. t to publish it at present, for obvious reasons. G. T. B. To Col. Roger A. Pryor, Richmond, Virginia. Petersburg, August 15th, 1864ve the honor to be, very respectfully, your obedient servant, Roger A. Pryor. Genl. G. T. Beauregard. Centreville, Va., Jan. 25t; I will be on hand as directed. I have received a telegram from Pryor which says I must go temporarily to Columbus. Much fear is entertaof America, War Department, Richmond, 26th Jan., 1862. Sir,—Colonel Pryor has reported to the President, as the result of his interview w