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Telegram from Major Robert Anderson to the Secretary of War

Telegram from Major Robert Anderson to the Secretary of War

4/18/1861
Records of the Adjutant General’s Office

Major Anderson sent this telegram to Secretary of War Simon Cameron informing him of the attack on Fort Sumter, South Carolina.

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Fort Sumter has fallen

This telegram notified Secretary of War Simon Cameron of the outcome of the battle that began the Civil War in earnest. It was sent by Maj. Robert Anderson, commander of the Union garrison at Fort Sumter, five days after he surrendered to Confederate Brig. Gen. Pierre G.T. Beauregard. The battle had started at 4:30 A.M. on April 12, 1861, and ended 34 hours later.

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