After Sumter: The April 14th Telegrams

After the fall of Fort Sumter there was a flurry of activity all over the nation as states reported back to Washington on recruitment efforts.

Other states reported back on the formation of voluntary militias meant to bolster the Union efforts.

Charleston, South Carolina — April 14

The negotiations were completed last night.  Major Anderson’s command will evacuate in the morning, and embark on the war vessels now off the harbor.It is said Anderson’s surrender was because his quarters and barracks were destroyed, and he had no hope of re-inforcement.The fleet lay for 30 hours, and could not or would not, help him.  His men were prostrated by over exertion.The explosions heard at Sumter were caused by a lot of shells igniting.  The barracks caught fire three times, from hot shot from Fort Moultrie.Everything is in ruins but the casemates.  Many guns are dismounted.  The walls look like honey-comb.Fort Moultrie is badly damaged, and the houses on the Island are badly riddled.A boat from the Fort, to-night, officially notifies the fleet of the surrender of Fort Sumter.  It is not known what will be done with Fort Sumter or the vanquished.

Madison, Wisconsin — April 14

Large and enthusiastic Union meeting last night.  A number of patriotic speeches were made; volunteer resolution were passed: Resolved, That we will, with all the means in our power, maintain the Government and flag of the United States .  Several volunteer military companies are forming here.

Columbus, Ohio — April 14

Adjutant General Cassington has just issued orders carrying into effect the military laws and providing for 6,000 regular militia, besides a militia of the Reserve of not less than 35,000 men.

Washington — April 14

The President will issue to-morrow a proclamation calling for 75,000 malitia to suppress the combination in the seceded States and cause the laws to be duly executed.

The first service will probably be to repossess the forts that have been seized from the union; also convene Congress on the fourth of July.

The War Department is preparing the details to communicate to the States.

Washington — April 14

The President’s proclamation says:

WHEREAS, The laws of the United States have been and are now opposed in several States by combinations too powerful to be suppressed in the ordinary way, I therefore call forth the militia of the several States of the Union, to the aggregate number of 75,000 men, to suppress and combinations and execute the laws, and appeal to all loyal citizens to facilitate and aid this effort to maintain the laws and the integrity of the National Union and the property of the federal governments, and redress wrongs that have been long endured.  The first service assigned to the forces will be to repossess the forts, places and property that have been seized from the Union.  The utmost care will be taken, consistent with the object, to avoid devastation and destruction, or interference with property of peaceful citizens in any part of the country.  And i do hereby command persons comprising the aforesaid combination to disperse within twenty days from date.  I hereby convene both houses of Congress for the fourth of July next , to determine upon measures which the public safety and interest demands.

By W.H. SEWARD, Sec’y of State.

Chicago, Illinois — April 14

Gov. Yates will issue a proclamation to-morrow, calling for an extra session after the Legislature, to meet at Springfield one week from next Tuesday.

Washington — April 14

Arrangement have been made to concentrate the military at any threatened point.The greatest anxiety is manifested to hear further Southern news.It is rumored that an attack will be attempted on Fort Delaware, Md. The War Department has taken steps to prevent it.

Charleston, South Carolina — April 14

Maj. Anderson and his men leave to-night on the Isabel for New York.The fleet is still outside.

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania — April 14

Gov. Curtin has gone to Washington.  He says Pennsylvania can send 100,000 men to defend the Capitol.

Indianapolis, Indiana — April 14

Gov. Morton is in possession of information from all parts of the State indicating that volunteer companies are forming everywhere – that 30,000 men can be relied on to defend the national flag.

Washington — April 14

The President has appointed Earl Bill Marshal of the Northern district of Ohio.Efforts are still making to concentrate a  formidable military force in and around Washington to be prepared for all emergencies.Information continues to be received from private sources of plots in various localities in Maryland and Virginia, having in view the  seizure of the public property, and even the persons of the highest officers of the Government.  Though these accounts are not generally credited, they are believed in official, and hence the precautions movements.  At all events they are considered necessary.

New York, New York — April 14

Advices from San Domingo say the surrender of the Republic to Spain took the people by surprise, and it was hinted there will be a bloody retribution.  The English and French consuls protested and struck their flags.  Up to the 22nd our Representative made no move.

New York, New York — April 14

Advices from Albany state that Governor Morgan will to-morrow issue a call for 25,000 men for the assistance of the Federal Government.

Charleston, South Carolina — April 14

The steamer Nashville from New York arrived here at 3 o’clock on Saturday morning.An eye witness of the firing on Friday night, says it was terrificly grand, and reached the climax at night, when the sky was over cast by rain-clouds.At 10 A.M. Sumter was plainly seen to be on fire — the flames bursting through the roofs of the houses within it.  At this time Major Anderson scarcely fired a shot, while bomb-shells and grape scattered like hail over him and drove the soldiers under cover.  The fire from the floating battery and Moultrie was regular and accurate.  The sand battery was scarcely injured by the weak fire kept up by Anderson. Scarcely a missile from this battery missed Sumter.  The floating battery proved impenetrable.  Every shot from it told on Sumter.

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