Fort Sumter, SC

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Beauregard again demands that Major Anderson surrender Fort Sumter immediately Battles/Soldiers
Commander of federal forces in Charleston, South Carolina asks again for area forts to be manned Battles/Soldiers
- Confederate artillery bombard Fort Sumter Battles/Soldiers
- Corps of Engineers begin repairs to defenses of Fort Moultrie and Fort Sumter in South Carolina Battles/Soldiers
Dependents of the federal forces at Fort Sumter sail for New York from Charleston Harbor Battles/Soldiers
Dependents of the federal forces at Fort Sumter transfer to a waiting steamship for evacuation Battles/Soldiers
Former Confederate General Stephen Elliot, Jr. dies in South Carolina from his war wounds, aged 34. Personal
Fort Sumter commander refuses shipment of fresh produce from South Carolina authorities Battles/Soldiers
From Montgomery, the Confederate secretary of war orders immediate action against Fort Sumter Battles/Soldiers
General Beauregard demands that Major Anderson surrender Fort Sumter immediately Battles/Soldiers
In Charleston Harbor, General Robert Anderson re-hoists the United States flag over Fort Sumter Battles/Soldiers
In Charleston Harbor, South Carolina authorities formally request the surrender of Fort Sumter Battles/Soldiers
- In Charleston Harbor, the U.S.S Lehigh runs aground under the guns of Fort Sumter and is badly damaged Battles/Soldiers
In Charleston, South Carolina, Eliza Anderson pays a surprise visit to her husband at Fort Sumter Women/Families
In South Carolina, an underwater telegraph cable in Charleston Harbor links Forts Moultrie and Sumter Science/Technology
Jefferson Davis appoints Pierre G.T. Beauregard commanding general of the troops around Fort Sumter Battles/Soldiers
Major Anderson accepts a ceasefire and prepares to evacuate Fort Sumter Battles/Soldiers
Major Anderson and his command arrive in New York Harbor Battles/Soldiers
Major Anderson and his men evacuate Fort Sumter and sail for New York Battles/Soldiers
Major Anderson requests safe passage for the soldiers' families at Fort Sumter before any attack begins Battles/Soldiers
Major Anderson requests safe passage for the women and children of his men at Fort Sumter Battles/Soldiers
President Lincoln gives South Carolina notice that he intends to resupply Fort Sumter Battles/Soldiers
Private Edward Galloway, USA, injured at Fort Sumter, dies in hospital in Charleston, South Carolina Battles/Soldiers
South Carolina governor asks President Buchanan's permission to occupy Fort Sumter with state troops Battles/Soldiers
South Carolina governor orders militia to patrol Charleston Harbor between Forts Moultrie and Sumter Battles/Soldiers
South Carolina militia occupy Fort Moultrie and Castle Pinckney in Charleston Harbor Battles/Soldiers
- U.S. Navy intercepts and destroys Confederate blockade-runner crossing the bar in Charleston Harbor Battles/Soldiers
Under cover of night in Charleston Harbor, Major Anderson consolidates his forces at Fort Sumter Battles/Soldiers
- Union gunners carry out a heavy five day bombardment of the Confederate forts defending Charleston Battles/Soldiers
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Lowell (MA) Citizen & News, “Fort Sumter,” December 31, 1860
New York Times, “Honor to Major Anderson,” January 3, 1861
Boston (MA) Herald, “The Crisis Approaching!,” January 8, 1861
New York Herald, “Ex-Secretary Floyd on the Crisis,” January 15, 1861
Fayetteville (NC) Observer, “An Incident at Fort Sumter,” January 17, 1861
Israel Washburn Jr. to Abraham Lincoln, January 21, 1861
Chicago (IL) Tribune, “A Prayer For Major Anderson,” January 22, 1861
New York Times, “The Ultimatum Rejected,” February 9, 1861
New York Times, “From Fort Sumter,” March 1, 1861
New York Times, “A Bloody Programme,” March 6, 1861
Abraham Lincoln to Winfield Scott, March 9, 1861
Winfield Scott to Abraham Lincoln, March 11, 1861
New York Times, “A Loyal Regiment,” March 12, 1861
Cleveland (OH) Herald, “Proposed Evacuation of Fort Sumter,” March 13, 1861
Fayetteville (NC) Observer, “Abolitionists and Secessionists,” March 14, 1861
Chicago (IL) Tribune, "Fort Sumter," March 15, 1861
New York Times, “About Fort Sumpter [Sumter],” March 18, 1861
Charleston (SC) Mercury, “Fort Sumter,” March 22, 1861
Abraham Lincoln to William Seward, April 1, 1861
Cleveland (OH) Herald, “What Does It All Mean?,” April 9, 1861
Chicago (IL) Tribune, “War Inaugurated!,” April 13, 1861
General P. G. T. Beauregard's General Order Number 20, April 14, 1861, Charleston, South Carolina
Joseph Medill to Abraham Lincoln, April 15, 1861
Entry by Josie Underwood, April 15, 1861
Cleveland (OH) Herald, “The Dread Arbitrament of War,” April 15, 1861
New Orleans (LA) Picayune, “Lincoln’s War Talk,” April 15, 1861
Chillicothe (OH) Scioto Gazette, “The War News,” April 16, 1861
James Henderson to Abraham Lincoln, April 16, 1861
Charleston (SC) Mercury, “Abolition Anticipations,” April 17, 1861
Charleston (SC) Mercury, “Henry Ward Beecher on War,” April 19, 1861
New York Times, “Arms for the Rebels,” May 1, 1861
Abraham Lincoln to Robert Anderson, May 1, 1861
Cleveland (OH) Herald, “The Feeling in Alabama,” May 6, 1861
Charleston (SC) Mercury, “Lying Dexterity,” May 14, 1861
San Francisco (CA) Evening Bulletin, “Protection of New Orleans,” May 24, 1861
Charleston (SC) Mercury, “Anniversaries of Independence,” June 27, 1861
Abraham Lincoln, Message to the Congress in Special Session, July 4, 1861
New York National Anti-Slavery Standard, "New Publications," July 19, 1862
Entry by Samuel Elliot, December 11, 1864
Edwin Stanton, Orders for ceremonies at Fort Sumter, Charleston Harbor, South Carolina
Reverend Henry Ward Beecher's remarks at the ceremony restoring the flag to Fort Sumter, South Carolina, April 14, 1865
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