"The War has Commenced! Batteries Opened on Fort Sumter!! Gen. Beauregard has Opened the Ball!!!" Also included is the text of a telegram sent to Colonel G. W. Gayle by J. F. Whitfield in Montgomery, Alabama, informing him of the event.
In the letter Craig discusses a dispute over a "negro girl claimed" by one man but in the possession of another. He asks Pettus to give his input, and he encloses a copy of a letter written by one of the men involved in the disagreement.