For a paper for a history class, I was reading a speech Jefferson Davis gave to the Confederate Congress on April 29, 1861. In it he says, "I was sincerely anxious to avoid the effusion of blood, and directed a proposal to be made to the commander of Fort Sumter, who had avowed himself to be nearly out of provisions, that we would abstain from directing our fire on Fort Sumter if he would promise to not open fire on our forces unless first attacked. this proposal was refused."
My question is was Anderson really told this? I had always heard that Fort Sumter was asked to surrender when the Confederates heard that it would be supplied, and that it was fired on after Anderson refused to surrender. This makes it sound like Anderson may have been the aggressor-or at least a potential aggressor. Does anyone know the truth behind this?