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April 11 1861 the Confederate General Beauregard asked Maj Anderson commander of the Union troops at Fort Sumter to evacuate Beauregard told the Union major we would start our attack on the Union fort in only one hour when he received an unsuitable reply 430 the next morning 43 of us gathered around Fort Sumter and started to fire After two hours the Union soldiers began an attempt to fire back at us Throughout the entire three days that the battle raged the Union soldiers went long periods of not defending their fort We pelted them with canyon balls numerous times the balls got lodged into the fort starting fires only to be extinguished by the Yankees April 13 the Union barracks went up in flames leading to the immediate upheaval of turmoil for the Yankees We were well aware of their troubles and whenever the Union soldiers fired back at us we would cheer and applaud knowing that the Union soldiers were openly showing their bravery Later that day Fort Sumters flag was hit by Confederate fire and fell to the ground The flag was raised again replaced with a white flag The Union soldiers had surrendered to Louis Wigfall an ex-United States senator On April 14 the Union forces evacuated the fort The Confederate victory at Fort Sumter made it possible for Virginia Arizona Tennessee and North Carolina to secede from the Union On July 21 1861 the Union army under command of Brig Gen McDowell attacked our left flank forces at Matthews Hill in Virginia For the first few hours our 32000 men fought hard but we were pushed all the way back to Henry Hill Early afternoon on July 21 a Confederate reinforcement army arrived via railroad and successfully broke the Unions right flank The Union soldiers quickly retreated but we did not follow because our ranks were disorganized A total of 1750 Confederates were killed as well as our general
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