of course, were asleep and unwarned.
My letter to you demanding the surrender of Fort Sumter and Morris Island, and threatening, in default thereof, to open fire upon Charleston, was delivered near Fort Wagner at 11.15 o'clock A. M. on the 21st instant, and should have arrived at your headquarters in time to have permitted your answer to reach me within the limit assigned—viz., four hours. The fact that you were absent from your headquarters at the time of its arrival may be regarded as an uoved from the city; but, upon your assurance that the city is still full of them, I shall suspend the bombardment until 11 o'clock P. M. to-morrow, thus giving you two days from the time you acknowledge to have received my communication of the 21st instant.
Very respectfully, your obedient servant, Q. A. Gillmore, Brig.-Genl. Comdg.
Appendix to chapter XXXIII.
Headquarters, Department S. C., Ga., and Fla., Charleston, S. C., August 24th, 1863. Commander J. R. Tucker, Flag-officer,