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 Posted: Wed Dec 19th, 2007 04:31 pm
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The US Regular Army was about 15,000 officers and men with about 13,000 stationed west of the Mississippi at frontier forts. The remainder were stationed in coastal forts, arsenals, armories and the like. There were virtually none in Washington City.

Lincoln issued a call for 75,000 of loyal-states' militias, which set an additional four on the road to secession. He was in a virtual panic that the CSA's next step would be to capture Washington and he had no troops to prevent that. (The militia companies in Washington could not be counted on to pitch their lot with the Union.)

You also need to put some of the blame on the firing on Sumter on the Union attempting to re-enforce and re-supply Sumter, twice.




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