“The streets of Charleston present some such aspect of those of Paris in the last revolution. Crowds of armed men singing and promenading in the streets. The battle-blood running through their veins -- that hot oxygen which is called 'the flush of victory' on the cheek; restaurants full, reveling in bar rooms, club-rooms crowded, orgies and carousings in tavern or private house, in tap-room, from cabaret -- down narrow alleys, in the broad highway. Sumter has set them distraught; never such a victory; never such brave lads; never such a fight.”
-- From William Howard Russell, April 17, 1861, correspondent for The Times of London.