Letter from Brig. Gen. P.G. T. Beauregard (Charleston) to Maj. Robert Anderson (Ft. Sumter) - APRIL 11, 1861.
I am so ordered by my govt. - the Confederate States of America - to demand the immediate evacuation of Ft. Sumter. I await your reply.
I regret that my sense of honor, and of my obligations to MY govt., prevent my compliance of your request. I shall await your first shot, and if you do not batter us to pieces, we shall be starved out in a few days.
3:30 a.m. APRIL 12, 1861, Col. James Chesnut delivers this message to Major Anderson
By authority of Brig. Gen. Beauregard, commanding the provisional forces of the Confederate States, we have the honor to notify you that we will open fire our Batteries on Ft. Sumter in one hour of this time.
1st SHOT: fired from Ft. Johnson by Lt. James S. Farley – a signal shot.
2nd SHOT: from Ft. Johnson by Lt. W.H. Gibbes.
3rd SHOT: from Cummings Point fired by Virginian Edmund Ruffin.