Thursday March 21, 1861
Hurlbut had family and prominent friends in Charleston. He traveled as a private citizen and stayed with his sister for two days before returning to Washington. Lamon formally came as a government agent to examine some post office matters. With h is official status, imposing physical dimensions, and gregariousness, he drew more attention than Hurlbut. During his two day stay, Lamon was granted a formal audience with Governor Pickens and was permitted to visit Major Anderson at Fort Sumter. Lamon conveyed to both Governor Pickens and Anderso n the impression that Sumter would be evacuated shortly.
Bibliography: Nicolay and Hay, Lincoln, 3:390-92, 4: 23-24; Current, Lincoln and the First Shot, pp. 72-73; Rhodes, History, 3: 333-34; Potter, Lincoln and His Party, p. 340.