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er to Seward of April 13, 1861 (see Appendix L), written a few days after the transaction, gives this date. In his letter to Colonel Munford, written more than twelve years afterward, he says Sunday, April 8th. The very next day (the 8th) the following official notification (without date or signature) was read to Governor Pickens of South Carolina, and General Beauregard, in Charleston, by Chew, an official of the State Department (Seward's) in Washington, who said—as did a Captain or Lieutenant Talbot, who accompanied him —that it was from the President of the United States, and delivered by him to Chew on the 6th—the day before Mr. Seward's assurance of faith fully kept. I am directed by the President of the United States to notify you to expect an attempt will be made to supply Fort Sumter with provisions only; and that, if such an attempt be not resisted, no effort to throw in men, arms, or ammunition, will be made, without further notice, or in case of an attack upon the for<
eceipt of your communication of to-day, and to say that, under the circumstances, I have deemed it proper to refer the whole matter to my Government; and that I intend deferring the course indicated in my note of this morning until the arrival from Washington of the instructions I may receive. I have the honor also to express a hope that no obstructions will be placed in the way of, and that you will do me the favor to afford every facility to, the departure and return of the bearer, Lieutenant T. Talbot, U. S. Army, who has been directed to make the journey. I have the honor to be, very respectfully, Robert Anderson, Major U. S. Army, commanding. the Governor to the President of the United States State of South Carolina, Executive Office, Headquarters, Charleston, January 11, 1861. sir: At the time of the separation of the State of South Carolina from the United States, Fort Sumter was, and still is, in the possession of troops of the United States, under the command of
mission to Union, 34-35, 153-54. Committee of, 7, 75. Stephens, Alexander H., 204, 205, 206. Elected vice-president of Confederate States of America, 197. Remarks on Confederate Constitution, 223. Stewart, Gov. of Missouri, 359. Story, Judge, Joseph, 100,108, 110, 112, 140. Extract from Commentaries, 98-99. Remarks on sovereignty, 120-21. Stuart, Gen. J. E. B., 299, 325. Sturgis, General, 365, 370. Summers, George W. Delegate to Peace Congress, 214. T Talbot, Lieut., 236. Talleyrand, —, 186. Taney, Chief Justice, 70, 71, 231, 293. Tappan, Colonel, 345. Tariff, 28, 428-29. Act of 1828, 161, 430-31. Act of 1816, 428-29. Taylor, General, 33. Gen. Zachary, 294. Teneyck, —, 38. Tennessee. Admission, 34. Defense preparations of Johnston, 348-52. Gov. Harris' reply to U. S. call for troops, 354. Territorial government, 34-35. Texas, 12, 28, 214. Annexation, 64. Thayer, James S. Extracts from speech concerning with
o acknowledge the receipt of your communication, and say, that under the circumstances I have deemed it proper to refer the whole matter to my Government, and intend deferring the course I indicated in my note this morning until the arrival from Washington of such instructions as I may receive. I have the honor also to express the hope that no obstructions will be placed in the way, and that you will do me the favor of giving every facility for the departure and return of the bearer, Lieut. T. Talbot, who is directed to make the journey. Robert Anderson. Attack on the Star of the West. About half-past 6 o'clock yesterday (Wednesday) morning, the steamer General Clinch discovered the steamship Star of the West and signalled the fact of her approach to the occupants of the battery on Morris Island. As soon as the signals were seen by those on guard there, Morris Island was astir with men at their posts before the orders could be given them to prepare for action. They remaine
to communicate with him on the 4th inst., conveying discretion to abandon the fort, if, in his judgment, it could not be held until supplies could be forwarded. But that and other despatches were intercepted, which put the Secessionists in full possession of the exact circumstances of his condition, and enabled General Beauregard to time his operations, as they were subsequently developed. Then the order cutting off his purchases in the Charleston market was made. The despatch which Lieutenant Talbot took down repeated this discretion, but also announced to him that a vessel with supplies, supported by several ships of war, would be sent to his relief. That despatch could not be delivered, and its general character was anticipated by the instructions of the government, which had been feloniously appropriated before. It will thus be seen, that the Revolutionists were fully informed, not only of the state of the garrison, but of the policy of the government in every essential parti
Courier of Tuesday furnishes the following items of news: Capt. T. Talbot, who left Fort Sumter on the 5th inst.,> ostensibly to fill an registered their names at the Charleston Hotel, the former as Capt. T. Talbot, U. S. A., and the latter simply as from Washington. It ars that thether there was truth or not in the statement that Capt.> Talbot had been appointed to a post in Oregon, the readers of the Courier m Fort Sumter, however, is, that instead of repairing to Oregon, Capt. Talbot has returned with dispatches, it is said, for Gov. Pickens and Maj. Anderson. Shortly after his arrived, Talbot had a private conference with Gov. Pickens and Gen. Beauregard. The result of the conference has not transpired, but it is well known that Talbot and his companion received no permit to visit Fort Sumter. They returned last evenif the fact. That notice has probably been given last evening by Capt. Talbot. The same paper has the following telegram, dated Montgomer
The Daily Dispatch: April 11, 1861., [Electronic resource], Correspondence of the Richmond Dispatch. (search)
Personal. --Lieut. T. Talbot, of the U. S. Army, (who went to Charleston as bearer of dispatches to Major Anderson,) reached this city last evening, on his way back to Washington, and stopped at the Exchange. He was accompanied by Mr. R. S. Chew.
e of the Dispatch.] Charleston, April 8, 1861. No mistake now about supplies being o off from Major Anderson. He is to let Gen. Beauregard hear from him to-day what will be his course. I predict that the ultimatum will be, that all intercourse between the city and the batteries around the harbor will be prevented by Anderson, if he can, which will be an open declaration of war on the part of the Lincoln Government. I telegraphed you this morning to that effect, and stated that Lieut. Talbot, who left here for Washington a week ago, for the purpose, as he stated, of being promoted, is now on his way back with dispatches for Major Anderson. Gen. Beauregard has now determined that he shall not return to the fort, unless he shows to him the order, from Lincoln's Government, that Sumter is to be immediately evacuated. By that time we expect the fleet, now sailed and sailing to be hovering over our shores, when we will give them the reception of warm affection. Some of our peop
ported in intelligent quarters that one or more companies of Federal troops have been ordered here from the North, and are shortly to arrive. Great diversity of sentiment on the National crisis begins to manifest itself here, and sectional feeling is becoming strongly developed. The city is now like a military encampment, and the tramping of Infantry and rumbling of Artillery are so common as to excite no particular attention, even among the children. General orders have been issued making a new military department of the District of Columbia and Maryland, and Col. C. F. Smith is appointed Commandant, and Lieut. Talbot Adjutant. All the volunteer companies mustered into service to-day are at their respective armories to-night, but public quarters and rations will be provided for them at the earliest moment. Capt. Sherman's company of Light Artillery, and two companies of Federal Cavalry are expected here to-day. The Cavalry companies will purchase horses here.
ed in the command by Major Robt. Anderson, of Kentucky, Maj Anderson received his first commission as Brevet 2d Lieutenant 2d Artillery, July 1, 1825; was acting Inspector General in the Black Hawk war, and received the rank of Brevet Captain, August, 1838, for his successful conduct in the Florida war.On September 8, 1847, he was made Brevet Major, for his gallant and meritorious conduct in the battle of Molino del Rey. The other officers are: Captain Abner Doubleday, Capt. T. Seymour, Lieut. T. Talbot, Lieut. J. C. Davis, Lieut. N. J. Hall--all of the First Regiment Artillery. Capt. J. G. Foster and Lieut. G. W. Snyder, of the Engineer corps.--Assistant Surgeon S. W. Crawford, of the Medical Staff. The force, under these gentlemen, consist of two companies of Artillery. The companies, however, are not full, the two comprising, as we are informed, only about seventy men, including the band. A short time ago, two additional companies were expected, but they have not come, and it
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