Fort Sumter Research Papers

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Fort Sumter was built on an island at the entrance on charleston harbor in South Carolina to defend the major ports of the United States. Major Anderson decided to withdraw his troops from the fort on April 12, 1861. Beauregard from the confederacy attacked the Union troops. Thank God no one was killed in the attack. On Friday, April 12, 1861, at 4:30 a.m., Confederate batteries opened fire on Fort Sumter and continued for 34 hours. Anderson did not return the fire for the first two hours. The fort 's supply of ammunition was not suited for an equal fight and Anderson lacked fuses for his exploding shells. At 7:00 A.M., Union Capt. Abner Doubleday, the fort 's second in command, was afforded the honor of firing the first shot in defense of the fort. The firing continued all day. The crashing of the shot, the bursting of the shells, the falling of the walls, and the roar of the flames, made a pandemonium of the fort. President Abraham Lincoln decided to send soldiers and supplies to support the Union. However Major Anderson surrendered and evacuated the fort. By the time Abraham Lincoln was inaugurated as President of the United States on March 4, 1861, the Confederate States of…show more content…
“In your hands, my dissatisfied fellow-countrymen, and not in mine,” he said, “is the momentous issue of civil war.” That sentence epitomizes Abraham Lincoln’s entire approach to the issue of secession. He considered it a constitutional impossibility, and would never officially concede that it had been successfully accomplished. That’s why, when he directly addressed citizens of the states that three weeks before had installed Jefferson Davis as president of what they claimed to be a separate nation, Lincoln still spoke of them as “my dissatisfied fellow-countrymen.” I think that the speech of Abraham Lincoln is more appealing as he did not considered the South as his
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