Charleston, April 13, 12:30 A. M.
It is utterly impossible to reinforce Fort Sumter to-night, as a storm is now raging.
The mortar batteries will be playing on Fort Sumter all night.
Anderson ceased firing at six in the evening.
All night he was engaged repairing damages and protecting the barbette guns.
He commenced to return the fire at seven this morning.
He seems greatly disabled. The battery at Cummings’ Point does Sumter great damage.
At 9, dense smoke poured out from Sumter. The federal flag at half-mast, signalizing distress.
Shells from Moultrie and Morris Island falling into Anderson’s stronghold thick and fast, can be seen in their course from Charleston armory.
The breach made in Sumter is on the side opposite Cummings’ Point.
Two port holes are knocked into one, and the wall from the top is crumbling.
Three vessels, one a large steamer are over the bar, and seem to be preparing to participate in the conflict.
The fire of Morris Island and Moultrie is divided between Sumter and the ships of war. The ships have not yet opened fire.
Anderson ceased firing for about an hour, his flag still up. It is thought that the officers’ quarters in Sumter are on fire.
Only an occasional shot is fired at him from Moultrie. Morris Island batteries are doing a heavy work.
It is now too late to come over the bar as the tide is now ebbing.
The ships in the offing appear to be quietly at anchor. They have not fired a gun.
Fort Moultrie is badly damaged. The officers quarters and barracks are torn to pieces. The frame houses on the islands are riddled with shot in many instances, and whole sides of houses are torn out.
The U. S. flag was again hoisted over Fort Sumter, when William Porcher Miles, with a white flag, went to the fort, and in a few minutes the U. S. flag was again hauled down by Major Anderson, and a white one was unfurled.
A boat from the outside then communicated with General Simons, in command of the forces at Morris Island, and requested that one steamer might be allowed to enter the harbor to take away Major Anderson and his men. An arrangement was agreed to by which all proceedings in the matter were suspended until nine o’clock of Sunday morning.
As reported in The Constitution, April 17, 1861 (v. 24, no. 1216)