Fort Sumter: View Results of Your Choice

Yes, that’s what I did. I sent unarmed boats to re-supply Fort Sumter. If the Confederates attacked, I reasoned, they would be seen as the aggressors, a fact that would damage them especially in the Upper South. After Sumter, four more slave states did secede, but our approach to the crisis helped prevent four others from leaving the Union –a critical factor in our ultimate victory.

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