39th Miss. Walker
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That being said, while the US held legal title to the forts when SC left the Union, negotiations were opened with the US Gov't. as to SC taking possession of the forts. The CS pledged not to open any hostilities upon the forts as long as they were not re-enforced in any way. This the US agreed to.
If you can find the actual agreement, I'd appreciate seeing it.
As previously posted, Anderson did have Floyd's permission to move to Sumter if he was threatened. He felt threatened at Moultrie, so he moved.
At this time other than some ongoing construction at Sumter, the fort was not occupied. Anderson, claiming no knowledge of these ongoing negotiations, chose to abandon Ft. Moultrie and occupy Sumter. In direct violation of the agreement between the US and SC.
Whether Anderson had the approval of Floyd or not, it was in violation of the agreement. Telegraphs work in more than one direction. Anderson should have been so informed and not moved to Sumter.
Could you provide the directive from Floyd to Anderson? I have never seen it either.
The hero of all of this in reality was Anderson. He went way beyone what was easy or even necessary to stave off a war even he knew was coming.