From the capital, Dickinson alumni L. Q. Washington leaks the secret reinforcement of Fort Sumter

Littleton Q. Washington, Dickinson College class of 1845, was a ardent secessionist with a minor post in the Buchanan administration.  He dispatched a telegram to Governor Pickens of South Carolina telling him that Secretary of the Interior Thompson had resigned over the fact that troops were being sent from New York that evening.  This and other leaks alerted the authorities in Charleston to the subsequent arrival the next day of the resupply and reinforcement ship Star of the West.  (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), 180.  
Date Certainty
Exact
Type
Lawmaking/Litigating
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