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December 27th [CHARLESTON, S. C., 1860]. Mrs. Gidiere came in quietly from her marketing to-day, and in her neat, incisive manner exploded this bombshell : Major Anderson has moved into Fort Sumter, while Governor Pickens slept serenely." The row is fast and furious now. State after State is taking its forts and fortresses. They say if we had been left out in the cold alone, we might have sulked a while, but back we would have had to go, and would merely have fretted and fumed and quarreled among ourselves. We needed a little wholesome neglect. Anderson has blocked that game, but now our sister States have joined us, and we are strong. I give the condensed essence of the table-talk : Anderson has united the cotton States. Now for Virginia ! " Anderson has opened the ball." Those who want a row are in high glee. Those who dread it are glum and thoughtful enough.
A letter from Susan Rutledge : Captain Humphrey folded the United States Army flag just before dinner time. Ours was run up in its place. You know the Arsenal is in sight. What is the next move ? I pray God to guide us. We stand in need of Avise counsel; something more than courage. The talk is : Fort Sumter must be taken ; and it is one of the strongest forts. How in the name of sense are they to manage? I shudder to think of rash
- A Diary from Dixie As Written by Mary Boykin Chesnut, Edited by Isabella D. Martin and Myrta Lockett Avary, 1906