Historic Markers Across Alabama

Telegram Which Began War Between the States

Marker ID: AHA 
Location: on Dexter Avenue, Montgomery, Alabama
County: Montgomery
Coordinates: N 32° 22.636    W 086° 18.530
  32.37726666    -86.30883333
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: None


Montgomery, April 11, 1861
General Beauregard, Charleston:

Do not desire needlessly to bombard Fort Sumter. If Major Anderson will state the time at which, as indicated by him, he will evacuate, and agree that in the meantime he will not use his guns against us unless ours should be employed against Fort Sumter, you are thus authorized to avoid the effusion of blood. If this or its equivalent be refused, reduce the fort as your judgment decides to be most practicable.

L. P. Walker
Sec. of War. C.S.A.

Erected 1981 by Alabama Historical Association.

End of Telegram Which Began War Between the States