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 Posted: Sat Dec 22nd, 2007 02:32 am
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I'll be searching for it as soon as I've read the boards. Probably have it tomorrow.

I've been looking in the intervals between "honey-dew" directives. Haven't found the specific wording yet, but I know it's out there.

Did find something I'd forgotten, though. It wasn't Floyd's directive. Don Carlos Buell was sent down there to evaluate the situation. He concluded that Anderson's situation was more serious than anyone realized. He recommended that, if Anderson felt threatened, he ought to consolidate in the most defensible of the three facilities. Then he wrote out that advice in a memorandum, a copy of which he gave to Anderson. He brought another copy back to Washington and gave it to Floyd. A day or two later, Floyd got around to reading it. He may have just glanced at it or misunderstood it, but he endorsed it with his approval. When Buchanan read it, he suggested to Floyd that "defensible" ought to be mollified. By then, it was too late.

So Anderson's move to Sumter wasn't unauthorized. He was operating under the most recent communication he had with a representative of the War Department.

So far as violating the "gentlemen's agreement" between Buchanan and SC Commissioners, have you had any luck in finding that?


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