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ctions given is a paper of over 300 words, and is a fair sample of explicit language.
Here is the sentence especially referring to any change of position of the garrison of Fort Moultrie: —
You are to carefully avoid every act which would needlessly tend to provoke aggression, and for that reason you are not, without evident and imminent necessity, to take up any position which could be construed into the assumption of a hostile attitude.
These instructions were given Dec. 11.
The Carolina authorities were entirely satisfied with the assurances given that the status would be preserved.
Both sides were, therefore, taken completely by surprise when the morning of Dec. 27 dawned, and disclosed what Anderson had done.
The Secretary of War telegraphed him as follows:
Intelligence has reached here this morning that you have abandoned Fort Moultrie, spiked your guns, burned the carriages, and gone to Fort Sumter.
It is not believed, because there is no order for any such m