History Power Point
History Power Point
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President Lincoln won the presidential election without the support of any state in the south. President Lincoln’s election did not cause the Civil War,but the
election was one of the primary reasons that the war broke out the year after the election.
President Lincoln appealed for the preservation of the Union. To retain his support in the North without further alienating the South, he called for compromise. He
promised he would not initiate force to maintain the Union or interfere with slavery in the states in which it already existed. Soon after, Lincoln received word that
Fort Sumter, located in Charleston harbor, South Carolina, would have to be resupplied. The situation presented a problem, as tensions between the North and the South
were very high. Resupplying the fort might inflame the situation because it was located in a slave-holding state. Yet Lincoln, in his inaugural address, had promised
that the Union would not give up control of federal territory, such as Fort Sumter. The fort was resupplied, and Lincoln refused to evacuate it.
Abraham Lincoln’s election in November 1860 started the secession of the Southern States from the Union. One of the first state to leave was South Carolina. By the
time of the convening of a constitutional convention to establish the Confederacy in February 1861, six other states had joined her. The Southern leaders who attended
the convention expected a peaceful secession, but they did not think that their actions would cause a war. They were absolutely wrong. The didn’t know that Fort Sumter
lying in the harbor off the city of Charleston, South Carolina, would prove the point.
After secession from the Union, South Carolina was perceived as a sovereign state. President Lincoln felt that the voluntary abandonment of this fortress would not be
a wise decision as it would be a tacit acknowledgment of South Carolina’s independent status.
President Abraham Lincoln found out that the garrison troops at Fort Sumter was in trouble on the day he took office in March 1861. The Fort was running out of food
and supplies and had no way of getting more supplies on shore. President Linbcoln ordered a relief expedition to sail immediately and informed the Governor of South
Carolina of his decision. Alerted, General P.G.T Beauregard, commander of the Confederate military forces, decided that he needed to quickly force the troops out of
the fort before the relief expedition showed up. He would try to threaten them first and if these failed he would attack the fort until the soldiers occupying the fort