§In March 1861, Brigadier GeneralP.G.T. Beauregard
took command of South Carolina forces in Charleston
§On February 27, Davis
had appointed him the first general officer in the armed forces
of the new Confederacy to take command of the siege.
made repeated demands that the Union force either surrender or withdraw
and made sure that no supplies from the city were available to the
defenders, whose food was running out.
§He increased drills
and trained South Carolina Militia to operate the artillery guns