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The Daily Dispatch: April 20, 1861., [Electronic resource], Major Anderson to the Secretary of War. (search)
ar. The Srcretary of War at Washington received the following dispatch from Major Anderson, Thursday evening: Steamship Baltic, off Sandy Hook, April 18, 1861, 10.30, A. M., via New York. Having defended Fort Sumter for thirty-four hours, until the quarters were entirely burnt, the main gates destroyed by fire, the gorge walls seriously injured, the magazine surrounded by flames, and its door closed from the effects of heat; four barrels and three cartridges of powder only being available, and no provisions remaining but pork, I accepted terms of evacuation offered by General Beauregard--being the same offered by him on the 11th instant, prior to the commencement of hostilities — and marched out of the Fort on Sunday afternoon, the 14th inst., with colors flying and drums beating, bringing away company and private property, and saluting my flag with fifty guns. Robert Anderson, Major 1st Artillery, Commanding. Hon. Simon Cameron, Secretary of War, Washington.
sed between Major Anderson and ex-Senator Wigfall. The latter said: Gen. Beauregard wishes to stop this, sir. Maj. Anderson only replied, "Well, well." Wigfall — You've done all that can be done, and Gen. Beauregard wishes to know upon what terms you will evacuate? Maj. Anderson--Gen. Beauregard is alreadGen. Beauregard is already acquainted with the terms. Wigfall — Do I understand you will evacuate on the terms proposed? Maj. Anderson--"Yes, and only those." Wigfall then returned. Ten minutes after Col. Chesnut and others came from General Beauregard asking if Maj. Anderson wanted any help, stating that Wigfall had not seen Gen. BeauregGen. Beauregard for two days, and had no authority for his demand on Maj. Anderson, to which the Major replied, "Then we have been sold. We will raise our flag again." But they requested him to keep it down until communication could be had with General Beauregard. The firing then ceased and three hours after another deputation came, agreei