Anderson was allowed to procure supplies for his detachment in the Charleston marketplace all the way up to the point where it became known that a large fleet of military vessels was departing from New York. It was presumed that the fleet was heading for Charleston, South Carolina. In other words there was never any chance that Anderson’s detachment was going to starve to death because the order that came down from L.P. Walker (the Confederate Secretary of War) to keep them out of the Charleston marketplace was issued only a short time prior to the actual bombardment of Fort Sumter.This is contradictory. If they were no longer welcome to shop they would run out of supplies and begin to starve. Which is what happened.