Friday April 12, 1861
Although without the tugboats or the Powhatan, Fox attempted to make his way into Charleston Harbor with provisions. As he did so, he saw that the fort was already under attack. Turning back, he consulted with the other commanders on the scene. They agreed to wait for the Powhatan until the following morning, and then to attempt another landing, whether it appeared or not.
Bibliography: ORN, pp. 248-49; Current, Lincoln and the First Shot, pp. 170-71; Fox, Confidential Correspondence, 1: 32.