Columbia, to be there quartered, drilled, and prepared for orders to move to any point desired. Two companies of this regiment will be drilled as artillery, and two other full regiments are ordered to hold themselves in readiness for immediate service.
Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
F. W. PICKENS.
HDQRS. PROVISIONAL FORCES,
Charleston, S. C., April 11, 1861.
I. Brigadier General James Simons, S. C. V., having been ordered into service by the governor of the State, and having reported to the brigadier-general commanding for duty, is assigned to the command of the of the forces on Morris Island, whither he will repair without delay and assume the command.
II. Major W. H. C. Whiting, Corps of Engineers, C. S. A., is appointed acting assistant adjutant and inspector general of the forces on said island, and will be obeyed and respected accordingly. He will report to Brigadier-General Simons.
By order of Brigadier-General Beauregard:
D. R. JONES,
MONTGOMERY, April 12, 1861.
Charleston, S. C.:
What was Major Anderson's reply to the proposition contained in my dispatch of last night?
L. P. WLAKER.
CHARLESTON, S. C., April 12, 1861.
L. P. WALKER:
He would not consent. I wirte to-day.
G. T. BEUAREGARD.
HEADQUARTERS PROVISIONAL FORCES, Charleston, S. C., April 12, 1861.
Honorable L. P. WALKER,
Secretary of War:
SIR: I have the honor to transmit the inclosed copy of a correspondence with Major Anderson, in consequence of which our fire was opened upon Fort Sumter 4 at 4.30 o'clock this morning, as already communicated to you by telegraph.* The pilots reported to me last evening that a steamer, supposed to be the Harriet Lane, had appeared off the harbor. She approached slowly, and was lying off the main entrance, some ten or twelve miles, when the pilot came in.
Respectfully, your obedient servant,
G. T. BEUAREGARD,
*For inclosure referred to see Anderson's report, pp. 12-16.
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