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Robert Anderson Civil War Encyclopedia >> People - Union Military
November 23, 1860 Major Robert Anderson reports Fort Sumter is being threatened in Charleston as federal forces begin to improved Fort Moultrie and Fort Sumter in the harbor.
December 1, 1860 Robert Anderson makes his third request for reinforcements at Fort Moultrie
December 11, 1860 Under orders from Secretary of War John Floyd, General Don Carlos Buell visits Robert Anderson at Fort Sumter. Buell tells Anderson he may occupy any fort that he wants to if he is attacked or feels he is about to be attacked.
Don Carlos Buell
Special Memorandum to Robert Anderson, December 11, 1860
December 26, 1860 Major Robert Anderson transfers his command from Fort Moultrie to Fort Sumter on his own initiative. He felt it was impossible to hold Fort Moultrie against South Carolina militia.
January 10, 1861 Major Anderson at Fort Sumter receives orders telling him to maintain a defensive position but to defend the fort.
January 11, 1861 South Carolina demands the surrender of Fort Sumter. Major Anderson refuses.
April 12, 1861 April 13, 1861 Beginning at 4:30 am on the 12th and continuing until the morning of the 13th, Confederate batteries along the shore of Charleston Harbor fire on Fort Sumter under the command of Major Robert Anderson. Anderson arranges a surrender with Texas Senator Louis Wigfall on the morning of the 13th.
P. G. T. Beauregard
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May 15, 1861 Robert Anderson promoted to Brigadier General
May 28, 1861 Robert Anderson assumes command of the Department of Kentucky. Irvin McDowell assumes command of the Department of Northeastern Virginia
August 15, 1861 The Department of Kentucky and the Department of the Cumberland are combined under General Robert Anderson
October 6, 1861 Winfield Scott informs General Robert Anderson that he is relieved of duty by telegram. He relinquishes command of the Department of Kentucky the following day.