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 Posted: Tue Dec 1st, 2009 08:00 pm
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With that individual, logic or historical fact is beside the point.

Old Blue posted: I will always wonder why he didn't wait until Congress was back in town.

Wait to do what?  Congress wasn't scheduled to sit until December. Sumter was fired on in mid-April with some loud talk about taking Washington City and Baltimore and Boston riding on the tails of the bombardment's celebration. Was Lincoln to toss all that off as just loud talk? You and I and others might have gambled and not called in state militias to protect the capital. Lincoln preferred to not gamble.

I wonder about the call going out to ALL the states with the resulting tilt of the next four seceding. But I guess he couldn't just ask for the loan of troops from just some of the states; it had to be all or none.


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