Charleston: April 11, 1861. Two leaves, written in neat ink manuscript on rectos only, except for docketing on verso of second leaf. Bound in red ribbon at top margin. Printed letterhead of "Adj. & Insp. Genl's Office, Charleston, S.C." At lower left of first page is written, in a different hand, " His Excellency | Gov. Pickens | Com'dr-in-chief | of S.C."
States Rights Gist [1831-1864] was born during the Nullification Crisis, which "prompted his father to give him the unique name" [South Carolina Encyclopedia article on Gist]. When he wrote this communique to Governor Pickens, Gist was South Carolina's Adjutant and Inspector General. Five days earlier, on April 6, President Lincoln had notified Pickens of his peaceful intention to "supply Fort Sumter with provisions only." Gist reports to Pickens:
"Governor, In accordance with your instructions, I have the honor to report that the 1st, 2d, and 6th Regiments of S.C. Volunteers have been ordered to, and are arriving in this city. The 5th Regiment has been ordered to rendezvous in Columbia without delay. The 3d, 4th 7th & 8th Regiments have been ordered to hold themselves in readiness for instant service, under a call from the Sec'ty of War of the Confederate States. Respectfully submitted, S.R. Gist Adj Genl of S.C." The second leaf of Gist's communication lists the commanding officers of the noted regiments. Item #36886