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The Civil War

Title: Article About the Attack on Fort Sumter
Type: Newspaper
Date: 1861
Source: Goodhue County Republican

Description: When Fort Sumter was attacked, signaling the start of the Civil War, the Goodhue County Republican in Red Wing published this account of the event.


The War's Begun!
Maj. Anderson Summoned and Refuses to Surrender!


Fort Sumter Reported on Fire!



Pennsylvania in the Field with Men and Money!

CHARLESTON, APRIL 11—Beauregard Confederate general. at two o'clock to-day demanded the surrender of Fort Sumter which Anderson Union commander at Fort Sumter. declined. It is currently reported that the negotiation relative to the surrender will be opened to-morrow between Anderson and Beauregard.

Special dispatches received at Washington to-day, assert that both Pickens Fort located on the Florida coast. and Sumter will be attacked, but they doubt if war follows.

A Montgomery dispatch to-day says it has been resolved to attack the two forts immediately.

Three steamers Steam-powered ships. were seen off the coast yesterday for a long time. Anderson fired a signal gun this morning.

The attack on Fort Sumter is momentarily expected. Business is suspended. No work is being done. It is rumored that the fight will commence at eight o'-clock this evening, unless Anderson surrender. The steamer Harriet Lane is off the bar. Off shore. Thousands of persons line the shores to witness the attack.

CHARLESTON, APRIL 12 - The ball has opened. War is inaugurated. The batteries of Sullivan's Island, Morris Island and other points were opened on Fort Sumter at four o'clock this morning. Fort Sumter has returned the fire and a brisk cannonading Firing of cannons. has been kept up. No information has been received from the seaboard yet.

The miliary are under arms, and the whole of our population are in the streets, and every available space facing the harbor is filled with anxious spectators.

The firing has continued all day without intermission. Two of Fort Sumter's guns have been silenced, and it is reported that a breach has been made in the southeast ward.


The answer to Gen. Brauregard's demand by Major Anderson was, that he would surrender when his supplies were exhausted; provided he was not reinforced.