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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

April 28, 1862

Fort Pulaski Surrender Terms Published

The Richmond Times Dispatch printed the terms of surrender for Fort Pulaski.

Terms of capitulation. The following are the terms of capitulation agreed upon for the surrender to the forces of the United States of Fort Pulaski, Cockspur Island, Georgia: Article 1.–The fort, armament, and garrison to be surrendered to the forces of the United States. Article 2.–The officers and men of the garrison to be allowed to take with them all their private effects, such as clothing, bedding, books, &c.; this is not to include private weapons. Article 3.–The sick and wounded, under charge of the hospital steward of the garrison, to be sent under a flag of truce to the Confederate lines, and at the same time the men to be allowed to send any letters they may desire, subject to the inspection of a Federal officer. Signed this 11th day of April, 1862. Chas. H. Olmstead, Col. First Vol. Reg’t of Georgia, Fort Pulaski. Q. A. Gilmore, Brigadier-General Volunteers, commanding United States forces, Tybee Island, Ga. The document was sent to the district commander, and accompanied by the following communication from the General of the attacking brigade: Fort Pulaski, Ga., April 11, 1862. General H. A. Benham, Commanding Northern District Department of the South, Tybee Island, Ga.: Sir –I have the honor to transmit herewith the terms of capitulation for the surrender to the United States of Fort Pulaski, Ga., signed by me this 11th day of April, 1862. I trust these terms will receive your approval, they being substantially those authorized by you as commander of the district. The fort hoisted the white flag at a quarter before two o’clock this afternoon, after a resistance since eight o’clock yesterday morning to the continuous fire of our batteries. A practice his breach in the walls was made in eighteen and a half hours firing by daylight. I have the honor to be, very respectfully, your most obedient servant, Q. A. Gilmore.