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In Charleston, South Carolina, Eliza Anderson pays a surprise visit to her husband at Fort Sumter

Robert Anderson, Eliza Clinch Anderson, and their son
01/05/1861
To the surprise of most, Eliza Clinch Anderson arrived at Fort Sumter unannounced briefly to visit her husband, commanding officer Major Robert Anderson.  In the company of her brother, she had traveled from New York despite a lingering illness, and visited the fort with the permission of the South Carolina authorities.  The visitors brought news good and bad.  Congress had voted to support the garrison and its commander but other Southern states were now seceding. (By John Osborne)
Source Citation: 
Samuel Wylie Crawford, The Genesis of the Civil War: The Story of Sumter, 1860-1861 (New York: Charles L. Webster and Company, 1887), 133. 

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