- [SIEGE OF FORT SUMTER] Major Robert Anderson formally surrenders Fort Sumter. At 11:00am a Confederate steamer arrives at Fort Sumter to move the Union troops to the Federal fleet off the Charleston Bar. According to the generous terms of surrender, Anderson salutes the United States flag with 100 barbette guns on the ramparts as it is lowered.
|Confederates occupy Fort Sumter, April 14, 1861|
|Accident during Sumter surrender ceremony|
The Union troops are placed on the relief transport steamer Baltic with Navy agent Gustavus V. Fox and his 200 reinforcements. They will wait there all night so they could see in the morning to cross the Charleston Bar./1861
|Charleston Battery, April 1861|
- Parades, celebrations and a general holiday fills the air in Charleston, South Carolina today as the defeated Union garrison of Fort Sumter leaves. Across the state of South Carolina, thousands of men volunteer to defend their state from the Northern aggressor. On this Sunday, Charleston churches hold special services of thanksgiving. South Carolina Governor Pickens says, “We have met them and we have conquered."/1861
- After receiving official notice of the surrender of Fort Sumter, Lincoln calls an emergency Cabinet meeting. As if by design, Lincoln emerges to call for 75,000 volunteers to quash the rebellion and for a session of Congress to meet beginning July 4./1861