Telegram Which Began War Between The States / Winter Building

Telegram Which Began War Between The States / Winter Building (HMEW5)

Location: Montgomery, AL 36104 Montgomery County
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Country: United States of America
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N 32° 22.638', W 86° 18.528'

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(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.
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HM NumberHMEW5
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Year Placed1981
Placed ByAlabama Historical Association
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Date Added Saturday, September 27th, 2014 at 11:13pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 565019 N 3582467
Decimal Degrees32.37730000, -86.30880000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 32° 22.638', W 86° 18.528'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds32° 22' 38.28" N, 86° 18' 31.68" W
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Area Code(s)334
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 2 Dexter Ave, Montgomery AL 36104, US
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