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The Battle of Fort Sumter #6-- Confederate Batteries Open Fire

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Pierre Gustave Toutant-Beauregard
(May 28, 1818 - February 20, 1893)

Known as the Hero of Fort Sumter of the new Confederate army at Charleston, S. Carolina--

. . . was ordered to fire upon Major Anderson and the men at Fort Sumter

Picture from the Frenchcreoles.com website, honoring General Beauregard


Telegraph Message from Maj. Robert Anderson to Hon. Simon Cameron, Secretary, announcing his withdrawal from Fort Sumter, April 18, 1861; Records of the Adjutant General's Office, 1780's-1917; Record Group 94; National Archives

       On April 10, 1861, Brig. Gen. Pierre G. T. Beauregard, in command of the provisional Confederate forces at Charleston, SC, demanded the surrender of the U.S. garrison of Fort Sumter in Charleston Harbor.

       Garrison commander Robert Anderson refused. On April 12, Confederate batteries opened fire on the fort, which was unable to reply effectively. At 2:30 p.m., April 13, Major Anderson surrendered Fort Sumter, evacuating the garrison on the following day.


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