Battle of Fort Sumter
The flag which you have upheld so long and with so much fortitude, under the most trying circumstances, may be saluted boy you on taking it down. Col. Chestnut and Cap. Lee will, for a reasonable time, await you answer." I am, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
Major Anderson replied as follows: Fort Sumter, S.C., April 11, 1861
"Gen.: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your communication demanding the evacuation of this fort, and to say, in reply thereto, that it is a demand with which I regret that my sense of honor, and of my obligations to my government, prevent my compliance. Thanking your for the fair manly and courteous terms proposed, and for the high compliment paid me,"
I am, General, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
At 4:30 in the morning on April 12, 43 Confederate guns in a ring around Fort Sumter began the bombardment that started the bloodiest war in American history. For more than two hours no effort was made to return fire. The fort's supply of ammunition was not suited for the task at hand. There were no fuses for their explosive shells, so only solid shots could be used against the Rebel batteries. At about 7:00 a.m. Cap. Abner Doubleday, who was second in command,