12 April 2011

12 April 1861 - It Begins

"FORT SUMTER, S.C., April 12, 1861, 3:20 A.M. - SIR: By authority of Brigadier-General Beauregard, commanding the Provisional Forces of the Confederate States, we have the honor to notify you that he will open the fire of his batteries on Fort Sumter in one hour from this time. We have the honor to be very respectfully, Your obedient servants, JAMES CHESNUT JR., Aide-de-camp. STEPHEN D. LEE, Captain C. S. Army, Aide-de-camp."

7 comments:

Lindsay Horne said...

I am teaching this in my classroom today because luckily for me, it coincides with the start of my Civil War unit...my kids are doing commemorative postcards to celebrate the anniversary :)

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

Good for you Lindsay!

13thBama said...

I never realized until recently that Virginia did not secede until after the firing on Ft. Sumter. That surprised me.

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

The ties to the old Union were strong - Washington, Jefferson, Madison, Henry - all Virginians. But that tie was broken when Lincoln asked for 75,000 troops to invade the South.

msimons said...

Neverforget Abe Goated us into it because he couldn't lose his Tariff Golden Goose.

Michael said...

Plus, Virginia was scared to death that Lincoln would set the State's slaves free--something that Lincoln, of course, had no plans of doing just then.

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

Michael - while some Virginians did believe that, your statement is an over-simplification. Had this been the case generally, Virginia would not have waited for Lincoln's calling up troops. She would have seceded immediately, like many of the cotton states. There was a vast difference between the two regions in those regards.