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From Montgomery, the Confederate secretary of war orders immediate action against Fort Sumter

Leroy Pope Walker, detail
04/10/1861
After deliberations in the Confederate capital of Montgomery, Alabama over President Lincoln's stated intention to reinforce Fort Sumter in Charleston Harbor, Confederate Secretary of War Leroy Walker ordered General Beauregard to "at once demand (the fort's) evacuation and, if this is refused, proceed in such manner as you may determine to reduce it."  Beauregard telegraphed immediately that he would make the demand for evacuation the next day.  (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), 421.

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