Thursday, March 10, 2011

That Problem in Charleston Harbor-- Part 4-- Major Robert Anderson

As March turned to April, rations in Fort Sumter began running low and Lincoln decided to resupply it. A message was sent to Anderson on April 4th and at the same time, Confederate authorities were informed of the intention.

On April 10th, Confederate Secretary of War Leroy P. Walker informed Beauregard that if there was an attempt to resupply Sumter by force, he was to demand its evacuation and if that was refused to proceed as he saw fit.


MAJOR ROBERT ANDERSON

Was born in the slaveholding state of Kentucky on June 5, 1805 and graduated from the US Military Academy in 1825. During the Black Hawk War of 1832, he served as colonel of the Illinois militia and mustered one A. Lincoln into and out of military service.

He participated in the Second Seminole War and was badly wounded in the Mexican War

As tensions continued to mount and the Buchanan administration was inspecting situations at military installations, it was decided to send Anderson to Fort Moultrie to replace its elderly commander, Col. John L. Gardner.

Anderson was regarded as a very competent and discreet officer and since he was a Southerner it would be seen diplomatically as nonhostile. He was staunchly pro-Union, but had no quarrel with slavery.

And It Gets More Intense. --Old B-Runner

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