Montgomery in Montgomery County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
Telegram Which Began War Between The States / Winter Building
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.
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
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. Touch 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). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Montgomery.
Categories. • War, US Civil •
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