Telegram from Major Robert Anderson to the Secretary of War
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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.
This primary source comes from the Records of the Adjutant General's Office.
National Archives Identifier: 594525Full Citation: Telegram from Major Robert Anderson to the Secretary of War; 4/18/1861; Records of the Adjutant General's Office, Record Group 94. [Online Version, https://www.docsteach.org/documents/document/telegram-from-major-robert-anderson-to-the-secretary-of-war, July 23, 2016]
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