Major Anderson requests safe passage for the women and children of his men at Fort Sumter
The commander of Fort Sumter, Major Robert Anderson, requested that Governor Pickens of South Carolina allow the evacuation of the forty-two women and children from the fort and their departure by steamer for New York. Pickens complied with courtesy and on February 1, 1861, the dependents transferred from the fort to the S.S. Marion and sailed out of harbor at noon two days later. (By John Osborne)
Samuel Wylie Crawford, The Genesis of the Civil War: The Story of Sumter, 1860-1861 (New York: Charles L. Webster and Company, 1887), 206-207.