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Confederate diplomats in Washington pass on news of federal military and naval preparations

Martin Jenkins Crawford
04/05/1861
With the decision to reinforce or evacuate Fort Sumter as yet unclear, one the Confederate Commissioners, Martin Crawford, wrote to Montgomery that from his observations in the federal capital "the movement of troops, and preparation on board of vessels of war ... are continued with the greatest activity.  An important move requiring a formidable military and naval force is certainly on foot." The response of General Beauregard in Charleston was to call for more volunteers.  (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), 340-341.  

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