Surrender of Ft. Sumter
Surrender of Ft. Sumter
War on the North to be Declared
HOWTHE WAR NEWS IS RECEIVED
ENLISTMENTS of VOLUNTEERS
Charleston, April 11- The Ball has opened.
War is inaugurated, The batteries of Sullivan's Island, Morris Island and other points were opened on Fort Sumter at 4 o'clock this morning. Fort Sumter has returned the fire, and a brisk cannonading has been kept up. No information has been received from the seaboard yet.
The military are under arms and the whole of our people are in the streets, and every available space facing the harbor is filled with anxious spectators.
Charleston, April 11- Intercepted dispatches disclose the fact that Mr. Fox, who had been allowed to visit Maj. Anderson on the pledge that his purpose was pacific, employed his opportunity to devise a plan for supplying the Fort by force, and that this plan had been adopted by the Washington government, and was in progress of execution.
New York, April 12- The Herald's special correspondent says Fort Moultrie began the bombardment with two guns, to which Maj. Anderson replied with 3 shots from his barbette guns, after which the batteries at Mount Pleasant, Cumming's Point and the floating batteries open a brisk fire of shot and shell.
Maj. Anderson replied only at long intervals until between 7 and 8 o'clock when he opened from 2 tiers of guns looking toward Fort Moultrie and Stevens' Battery, but at 3 o'clock failed to produce serious effect. during the greater part of the day Anderson directed his shots principally against Moultrie, the Stevens and floating battery and Fort Johnson, they being the only ones operating against him. Fifteen or eighteen shots struck the floating battery without effect, breaches to all appearance being made in the sides of Sumter exposed to the fire.
Portions of the parapets were destroyed and several guns shot away. The fight will continue all night. The fort will probably be carried by storm. It is reported that the Harriet Lane received a shot through her wheel head. She is in the affray. no active government ships are in sight.
The troops are pouring into the city by thousands.
Special Dispatch-Charleston, April 12- 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 south east wall. The answer to Gen. Beauregard's demand by Maj. Anderson was that he would surrender when his supplies were exhausted - that is if he was not reinforced. Not a casualty has yet happened to any of the forces. Of the 19 batteries in operation only seven have opened fire on Ft. Sumter.
The remainder are held in reserve for the expected fleet. 2,000 men reached this city this morning, and embarked for Morris Island and the neighborhood.
New York, April 12- Among the passengers in the North Star, from Cal., was G.D. Wade Esq., and family, of Cleveland. We understand that Mr. Wade came as the representative of the Western Union
Telegraph Company. He was entirely successful in perfecting arrangements on the Pacific side for the immediate completion of the telegraph line from San Francisco to Salt Lake.
New Orleans, April 12- Dispatches received here from the War Department at Montgomery to hold the Kentucky Volunteer Regiment in readiness to march at a moments notice.
Charleston, April 12- The bombardment continued from the floating battery, Stevens and other batteries.
Sumter continues returning the fire.
It is reported that three war vessels are now off the bar.
The firing has ceased for the night to be renewed early in the morning. ample arrangements are made to prevent reinforcements to-night.
Special to Herald- Two men were wounded on Sullivan's Island and number struck by spent projectiles.
Three ships are visible in the offing.
It is believed an attempt will be made to-night to reinforce Sumter from the regularity ofering throughout.
Anderson has a larger force than was supposed. It has rained all day.
Charleston, 12 - Later-bombardment is continuing, with mortars, and will be kept up all night. It is supposed Anderson is resting his men for night. Vessels cannot get in as a storm is raging and the sea rough, making it impossible to expect reinforcement to-night.
The floating battery works well.
Charleston, April 13- The cannonading is going on fiercely from all points, and from the vessels outside and all along our coast. It is reported that Fort Sumter is on fire!
10:30 A.M.- At intervals of twenty minutes firing was kept up all night on Ft. Sumter. Maj. Anderson ceased firing from Ft. Sumter in the evening. All night he was engaged in repairing damages and protecting the barbette guns. He commenced to return the fire at 7 o'clock this morning. Ft. Sumter seems to be greatly disabled. The battery on Cumming's Point does Fort Sumter great damage.
At 9 o'clock this morning a dense smoke poured out from Ft. Sumter.
The federal flag is at half mast signaling distress.
The shells from Fort Moultrie and the batteries on Morris Island fall into Maj. Anderson's stronghold thick and fast, and they can be seen in their course from the Charleston Battery.