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Telegram Which Began War Between The States / Winter Building

 
 
Telegram Which Began War Between The States Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tim Carr, August 1, 2009
1. Telegram Which Began War Between The States Marker
The buildng behind the marker on the second floor was the location of the telegraph office from which the telegram was sent to Gen. Beaurgard giving him the order to fire on Fort Sumter in Charleston S.C..
Inscription.
(side 1)
Telegram Which Began War Between The States

Montgomery, April 11, 1861
General Beauregard, Charleston:

Do not desire needlessly to bombard Fort Sumter. If Major Anderson will state the time at which, as indicated by him, he will evacuate, and agree that in the meantime he will not use his guns against us unless ours should be employed against Fort Sumter, you are thus authorized to avoid the effusion of blood. If this or its equivalent be refused, reduce the fort as your judgment decides to be most practicable.

L. P. Walker
Sec. of War. C.S.A.

(side 2)
Winter Building

Built in 1841 by John Gindrat to house the Montgomery branch of the Bank of St. Mary's. In 1854 was willed to his daughter, Mary Elizabeth, wife of Joseph Winter.

On April 11, 1861, Confederate Secretary of War Leroy Pope Walker sent telegram from second floor offices of Southern Telegraph Company to Charleston authorizing Confederate General P. G. T. Beauregard to fire on Fort Sumter. Subsequent bombardment was first military action of War Between the States.

Building placed on National Register of Historic Places 1972, and restored in 1978.
 
Erected 1981 by Alabama Historical Association
Winter Building Marker (Reverse side of main marker) image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, March 8, 2014
2. Winter Building Marker (Reverse side of main marker)
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Location. 32° 22.638′ N, 86° 18.528′ W. Marker is in Montgomery, Alabama, in Montgomery County. Marker is on Dexter Avenue, on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Montgomery AL 36104, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Lightning Route / Central Bank Building (within shouting distance of this marker); City of Montgomery / Court Square (within shouting distance of this marker); Court Square Fountain (within shouting distance of this marker); Rosa Louise McCauley Parks / The Bus Stop (within shouting distance of this marker); Here Stood Mrs. Rosa Parks (within shouting distance of this marker); An Intersection of History: Court Square (within shouting distance of this marker); Decorative Lions Heads (within shouting distance of this marker); Naming the City of Montgomery / Brigadier General Richard Montgomery (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Montgomery.
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Telegram Which Began War Between The States / Winter Building Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brandon Fletcher, July 8, 2011
3. Telegram Which Began War Between The States / Winter Building Marker
Winter Building with marker to the left
Telegram Which Began War Between The States / Winter Building Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brandon Fletcher, July 8, 2011
4. Telegram Which Began War Between The States / Winter Building Marker
Winter Building from across Court Square
Winter Building with marker to extreme left. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, December 20, 2015
5. Winter Building with marker to extreme left.
Downtown Dexter Avenue after renovation.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama. This page has been viewed 1,783 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on , by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama.   2. submitted on , by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.   3, 4. submitted on , by Brandon Fletcher of Chattanooga, Tennessee.   5. submitted on , by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 30, 2016.
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