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Monday Morning, April 15, 1861.
Below we give the latest uews we have received from the seat of
War. As will be seen, Major Anderson has capitulated and surren
dered to the rebels. From the details given of the attack on Fort
Sumter, we do not see that he could do otherwise; hut of that the
reader is as able to judgu as we. A variety of other interesting news
will also be found below:
Charleston, April 13th. The cannonading is
going on fiercely from ull points, from the ves
sels outside, and all along our const. Fort Sum
ter reported to be on fire.
10-30, A. M. Firing was kept up nil flight
on Fort Sumter, lit inter-vain of UO minutes.
Mnj. Anderson ceased firing from Fort Sumter tit
ft o clork last niglit. He whh engaged all night
in repairing damages and protecting his barls'tic
guns. He commenced to return the tire at 7 o'
clock this morning. Fort Sumter seems to lie
greritly disabled. The battery on Cumming's
Point does fort Sumter great damage. At 9
ochtrk this morning a dense smoke roceedtd
out from Fort Sumter, nnd the Federal Flag is
at half mnt, signaling distress. The shells from
Fort Moultrie and the batteries on Morris's In
land, fall into Major Anderson's stronghold
thick and fast, mid they can tie seen in their
course from the Charleston battery.
Latkh. 8 o'clock, P. M. After 9 o'clock this
morning Anderson did not fire ngun, but seem
ed to have his whole forte employed in extin
guishing the flames; the reliel batteries in the
meantime pouring rapid discharges of shot and
shell into Sumter. It is said that the rifled can
non on the Floating Battery did great execution
upon the vails of the Fort. About 11 o'clock
the flnines were making rapid progress and ap
peared to be bursting from all the port holes of
Sumter. Anderson put out a raft, and manned
it with soldiers supplied with buckets, who
passed water into the Fort. The reliels seeing
this, turned the batteries of Ouniming'H Point,
Morris Island and Fort Moultrie xn the poor
fallows engaged on the raft, causing, as was sup
osed, considerable loss of life among them. At
this time three vessels of the fleet the Wabash,
Pawnee and Powhattan appeared to lie mak
ing in towards land with a view of landing troops
to capture and silence the batteries of Morris
Island: but when Fort Moultrie and Morris Is
land opened upon them they drew off, nnH anch
ored further down the hay.
It whs then thought that Mi.j. Anderson must
speedily surrender, as one coiner of the Fort
was battered down; three guns dismounted one
of which was a ten inch Columbiad two of the
port-holes opKnite Cuimning's point were
knocked into one, and several breaches appeared
to nave ikhmi made in tne walls.
No attempt mas made to reinforce Fort Sum
ter by the fleet, which lay quietly nt
anchor in the bay. The fire of Fort Moultrie
and Morris Island was about equally divided
between Sumter and tho fleet, out not a gun
was fired in return by tlicnhi.
Late in the afternoon Fort Sumter surrender
ed. The rebels took possession; hauled don u
the Stars and Stripes from the flag-staff, nnd in
ita place ran up the Confederate Banner. Major
Anderson's men were conveyed prisoners of war
to Morris Island. Anderson went to Charles
ton with Gen. Beauregard. None of the offi
cers of Sumter were hurt.
Three fire companies immediately embarked
at Charleston tor Sumpter, to extinguish the
Barnes and prevent their reaching the powder
As far as enn bo learned, the only effect pro
duced by Major Anderson's batteries was a tri
fling damage to Fort Moultrie.
The Charlestonians profiss to feel great sym
pathy for Major Anderson, but regard the con
duct of the fleet with utter abhorrence.
Dispatches from Augusta, (in.; Montgomery,
Ala., and other points in the rebellious States,
say the people are nearly wild with joy at their
A Washington dispatch of the 13th, says the
Virginia Commissioners called on President
Lincoln, presented the resolutions of the Vir
ginia Convention and demanded to know the
policy the Government intended to pursue in
regard to the seceded States. The President's
reply was in writing, and briefly informed them
that it was the intention of the Government to
hold, possess and occupy all Southern forts be
longing to the Federal Government; to collect,
all revenues, duties and imposts duo the Gov
ernment from seceded States, the same ns though
Secession did not exist; that if the mails arc in
terrupted they would be stopped; and that as
the rebels hsd if the news from the South was
true levied ar on the United States, it was
the intention of the Government to repel fore
by force, and maintain its authority.
A Boston dispatch of the 13th, says the com
manders ol volunteer military companies all
over the State had tendered their commands to
the Governor, and were ready to march at short
notice. Gov. Andrews started for Washington
on the afternoon of the 13th.
A largo Union meeting was held at Indianap
olis, Jnd., on Friday. All political parties were
represented. Resolutions were passed approv
ing the policy of the Government, and pledging
Indiana to the supMrt of the Constitution and
the laws. A salute was fired for the Union and
the greatest enthusiasm prevailed. Many vol
unteer companies have been offered the Govern
or and are awaiting his orders.
Volunteer troops are drilling in Philadelphia,
and are ready tor any emergency. Tho Legis
lature of Pa. has passed a War bill, appropria
ting $500,000 tor tho equipment of volunteer
New York dispatches of the 13th, say that a
strong Union feeling, and an almost universal
determination to supiHirt the Government has
been aroused. The dispatch says thousands of
volunteers arc ready to march.
Gov. Sprugue, of Rhode Island, has tendered
the military forces of the State to President Lin
coln, and signifies his willingness to command
The last dispatch from the South is dated
Montgomery, April 13lh, 10 o'clock, P. M., and
states that a special messenger from the Federal
Government with orders to Lieut. Slemmer, of
Fort Pickens, lmd been arrested by the secess
ionists and conveyed to Montgomery as a pris
oner of war.
A dispatch from New York, says that Rcver
dy Johnson, now there, expresses warm appro
val of the President's present policy, ana em
phatically affirms that Maryland will give the
Administration a cordial support.
A dispatch from Montgomery, Ala., states that
over 7.0(H) men have been offered from the bor
der States to the Confederate Government.
A dispatch from Washington, dated April 13th
says: The regular troops here have been ordered
to proceed tu the outskirts of the city to watch
every avenue thereto, while the volunteers re
cently mustered guard the armories and public
buildings. Videttes nre constantly seen riding
through the streets. But little excitement rela
tive to Charleston affairs.
Last Night's Report.
Latke. April Mth, 10 o'clock. P. M. Tho
immediate cause of Major Anderson's capitula
tion, wan that the Barracks of the officers and
men were destroyed: his soldiers completely
rostrated with fatigue, and no probability of his
cing reinforced by the fleet. Four of Major
Anderson's men were wounded one supposed
mortally. The cause af the fire in the Fort, re
sulted from hot shot thrown in from Fort .Moul
trie. Major Anderson ceased firing at 1 o'clock, and
vacated the Fort this morning, lie and his men
will be put on board of one of the United States
War vessels, and will be permitted to return to
the Federal Government.
Fort Sumter has been badly used up, breach
es having been made atseveral points, nod oth
erwise badly battered.
A disjiatch from Washington, dated April 14,
states that the President lias issued orders for
calling out and equipping 7.ri,l00 troops.
Tin) War Department were busy in sending in
structions to the Governors of the different
The President will to-morrow, Monday, issue.
a Message calling an extra session of Congress,
to convene on the 4th day of July next.
A dispatch dated Chicago, 111., April 1 1, says
that Governor Yates will immediately convene
an extra session of the Legislat ure to take meas
ures to organize the military, and furnish her
quota of men and money for the War.
A d'Mj. itel from Col .nil. us, di.ted Apr'! 14th,
says that Adjutant-General Cardiiigton has is
sued orders to put into effect the Militia Bill.
just passed by the Legislature of Ohio, and that
measures will bo immediately taken to enroll
and drill 3f,000 men, to lie held uu reserve force
to be culled on when needed.
A later disjiutch from Charleston says that
Major Anderson and his men embarked for New
York on lioard the steamer Isabella.
A disutch from llurrisburg states that Gov
ernor Curtin says that Pennsylvania will furn
ish 100,000 men if necessary, fur the War. He
has started for Washington.
A dispatch from Charleston states that Jasper,
a correspondent of tho New York Times, was
arrested there as a spy, and wasordcred to leave
The President's proclamation calls upon .'ill
loyul citizens to aiil in executing the laws; com
mands all rclndlious organizations and combina
tions to diiqicrHe ithiu twenty days; says that
the first service required of tho forces to bo
raised, will bo to re-possess all forts, and other
property wixed by the rebels belonging to the
general Government; and that cure will be taken,
consistent with the 'object in view, to protect
the property of ull loyul citizens in the disnffti t
A Washington dispatch says apprehension
are entertained by the Government that the se
cessionists in Maryland will attack afort in thai
State, and that rwescrea are being taken to