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EXTRA.. Saturday Morning, Aprill3,1861. THE WAR COMMENCED! We .ire indebted to Mr. Urown, the gentlemanly telegraph opera tor nt this place, for the following despatches which were received last night, up to 12 o'clock. Iy these despatches it will be seen that the treason which has so long been rife at Charleston, has at last culminated in WAR ! The rebels will now be treated in a different manner than they anticipa ted. They have brought down vengeance on their own heads. The country waits with breathless anxiety to, know the result of this at tack. We believe the Government is sufficient for the emergency. Without further remarks we give the despatches: Charleston, April 12th. The following is the telegraphic correspondence between the War Department at Montgomery and Oen. Beaure gard immediately preceding the hostilities. The c orrefrpondence grew out of the formal notifica tion by the Washington Government which is disclosed in Oen. Beauregard's first dispatches: No.1. Charleston, April 8th, 1861. L. T. Walkkb, Secretary of War: An au thorized inotwvnger from President Lincoln just informed Gov. Pickens and mysell that provis ions will be sent to Fort Sumter peaceably, or otherw ise by force. Signed, G. T. BEAUREGARD. No.2. Montgomery, April 10th, 1861. To Gen. 0. T. Bkalbmiabo, Charleston: It you have no doubt of the authorized character of the agent who communicated to you the in tentions of the Washington Government to sup ply Fort Sumter by fore, you will at once de mand its evacuation, and if this is refused, pro ceed in such manner as you may determine to L. P. WALKER. Secretary of War. No.3. Charleston, April 10th, 1861. To L. P. Walkeb, Secretary of War: The demand will be made to-morrow at 12oclock. G. T. BEAUREGARD. No.4. Montgomery, April 10th, 1861. To Gen. G. T. Bbaubkuabd, Charleston: Un less there are especial reasons connected with your own condition, it is considered proper that you should make the demand at an earlier hour. L. P. WALKER. Sec'y of War. No.5. Charleston, April 10th, 1861. To L. P. Walkkk, Montgomery: The rea sons are special for 12 o'clock. Signed, No.5. Charleston, April 10th, 1861. G. T. BEAREGARD. No.6. Charleston, April 11th, 1861. To L. P. Walksr, Secretary of War: Da mand sent at 2 o'clock. Allowed till 6 o'clock to answer. Signed, G. T. BEAUREGARD. No. 7. Montgomery, April 11th, 1861. To Gon. G. T. Braukroabo, Charleston: Tel egraph the reply of Major Anderson. L. P. WALKER. Sec'y of War. No.8. Charleston, April 11th, 1861. To. L. T. Walkru, Secretary of War: Maj. Anderson replies, "I have the honor to acknowl edge receipt of your communication demand ing the evacuation of this Fort, and say in re ply thereto, it is a demand which I regret that my sense of honor and my obligations to my Government prevent my compliance." He adds, "probably I will await the first shot, and if you do not batter us to pieces we will bo starved out in few days." Signed, No.8. Charleston, April 11th, 1861. G. T. BEAUREGARD. No.9. Montgomery, April 11th, 1861. To Gen. Bkaubkoard, Charleston: We do not desire needlessly to bombard Fort Sumter. If Maj. Auderson will state the time at which, as indicated by him, he will evacuate and agree tliat in the meantime he will not use his guns against us unless ours should be employed against Fort Sumter. You are thus to avoid the effusion of blood. If this, or its equivalent, be refused, reduce the Fort as your judgment decides to be the most practicable. L. P. WALKER. Sec'y of War. No. 10. Montgomery, April 11th, 1861. To L. P. Walkkb, Secretary of War: He would not consent I wrote to-day. G. T. BEAUREGARD. Charleston, April 11. Intercepted despatch es disclose the fact that Mr. Fox, who had been allowed to visit Maj. Anderson on the pledge that his purpose was pacific, employed his op portunity to devise a plan for supplying the Fort by force, and that this plan had been adopt ed by the Washington Government, and was in progress of execution. Charleston, April 12. The ball has opened. War is inaugurated. The batteries of Sulli van's Island, Morris Island, and other points were ojwned on Fort Sumter at 4 o'clock this morning. Fort Sumter has returned the fire, and a brisk cannonading has been kept up. No information has been received from the soa loard yet. The military are under arms, and the whole of our population are on the streets, and every available space f.icing the harbor is filled with anxious spectators. The Uerald't special despatch says: Fori Moultrie began the bombardment with two guns, to which Anderson replied with three shots from his barbette guns, af ter which the batteries at Mount Pleasant, Curamings' Point, and the Floating Battery opened a brisk fire of shot and shell. An derson replied only at long intervals, nntil between seven and eight o'clock, when he opened from two tiers of guns looking to wards Moultrie and Steven's battery, but at three o'clock had failed to produce serious effect. During the greater part of the day Anderson directed his shots principally against Moultrie and Steven's and the Float ing battery and Fort Johnson, they being the ody ones operating sgainst him, Fif teen or eighteen shots struck the Floating Battery withou t effect. Breaches, to all ap pearances, being made in the sides of Sum ter, exposed to the fire. Portions of the parpette were destroyed, and several guns were shot away. The tight will continue all night The Fort will probably be car ried by storm. It is reported that the Harriet Lane re ceived a shot through her wheel house, she is in the offing. No other Government, ships are in sight. The troops are pouring into the city by thousands. Charleston, April 12. The firing has continued all day without intermission. , Two of Fort Sumter's guns have been si lenced, and it is reported that a breach has been made in the south-east wall. The answer to Oen. Beauregard's de mand on Anderson was: That he would surrender when his supplies were exhausted that is, if he was not reinforced. Not a casualty has yet happened to any of the forces of the nineteen batteries in po sition. Only seven have opened fire on Ft. Sumter; the remainder are held in reserve for the expected fleet. Two thousand men reached this city this morning and embarked for Morris Island and the neighborhood . LATER. Firing ceased for the night, will be re- oewed early in the morning. Ample ar rangements are made to prevent Su mter's reinforcement to-night. Special to JTerald, says: Two wounded on Sullivan's Island. No spent projectiles struck there. Three ships seen in the offing. Believe the attempt will be made to-night to rein force Sumter. From regularity of firiug from Sumter, it is thought Anderson has a larger force than was supposed. Rained to-day. LATER 2 O'CLOCK A. M, 13th Charleston. Bombardment continues with mortars, fcc; will be kept up all night. Supposed Anderson resting men for night. Vessel cannot get in owing to the storm which is raging, sea rough, making it impossi ble to reinforce to-night. Floatiog Battery works well.