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In Charleston Harbor, South Carolina authorities formally request the surrender of Fort Sumter

Charleston Harbor, 1861
01/11/1861
Governor Pickens of South Carolina sent his Secretary of State, A.G. Magrath, and his Secretary of War, D.F. Jamison, under a flag of truce to Fort Sumter to request that Major Anderson and his men evacuate and turn over the installation to South Carolina. After an extended discussion, Anderson declined to surrender the fort.  He did request Pickens to allow one of his officers to travel to Washington DC for instructions and the next day the Governor complied.  (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), 195.  

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