have the honor to notify you that he will open the fire of his
batteries upon Fort Sumter in one hour from this time.
" We have the honor to be,
" Very respectfully,
" Your obedient servants,
" James Chestnut, Jr.,
" Stephen D. Lee,
" Capts. S. C. Army, and Aids-de-Camp."
And the fire of the rebel batteries was opened accordingly.
AFTER THE SUMTER BOMBARDMENT.
The night after the surrender of Fort Sumter, Jeff. Davis
and his cabinet were serenaded at Montgomery, and the Secre¬
tary of War, L. P. Walker, of Alabama, uttered these well-
"No man could tell where the war commenced this day
would end, but he would prophesy that the flag which now
flaunts the breeze here, would float over the dome of the old
Capitol at Washington before the first of May."
These words were uttered before any action had been taken
by the President of the United States. It was a direct and
official threat that the Capitol of the United States would be
taken by the rebels. In what spirit this was received in rebel-
dom, will be seen in the following extracts of papers of the
[From the Richmond Enquirer, April 13, 1861.]
« Attention, Volunteers !—Nothing is more probable than
that President Davis will soon march an army through North
Carolina and Virginia to Washington. Those of our volunteers
who decide to join the Southern army as it shall pass through
our borders, had better organize at once for that purpose, and
keep their arms, accoutrements, uniforms, ammunition, and
knapsacks in constant readiness."
We remember the above paragraph well, as it appeared at
the head of the leading editorial column of the Richmond En¬