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 Posted: Sat Sep 20th, 2008 11:07 pm
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Lincoln's call for troops didn't happen until two days after Ft. Sumter was taken. You don't really need a link, just the dates. And, in your reading, you might also note that his call for troops was to shield Washington from possible invasion. Aside from militia and military-fashioned marching companies (all of which were of questionable loyalty), there were somewhere near 1,000 regulars in the area (escapees from Texas).

One might fault Lincoln for not jacking up military preparedness when he took office in the face of threats against Sumter and Pickens and all the seizures that had already taken place. There are at least two reasons for that: 1) the House went home after his inauguration and wasn't scheduled to sit again until December, and 2) any such action would certainly give the secesh a stronger argument. So he was sitting on his hands until Ft. Sumter was taken by force. (You may believe that he provoked it, if you'd like.) It remains that nothing was done until the batteries around Charleston Harbor attempted to level Ft. Sumter.


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