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POLL: 9 January 1861


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Personal logo optional field Supporting Member of TMP writes:

Depending on the skill of the artillerists it might not be able to answer this with a reasonable degree of certainty, but is there any evidence from the time that the fire was for effect or a shot across the bow?

(From the time being operative, 5 years later I can see all sorts of stories being fabricated by those present.)


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VOTING RESULTS
AnswerVotes%Chart
other (explain)
2
1%
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yes, this should have started the civil war
66
45%
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no, President Buchanan was correct
41
28%
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no opinion
37
25%
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POLL IS CLOSED
POLL DESCRIPTION
On 9 January, guns opened fire on the Star of the West (and the U.S. flag) while trying to resupply Fort Sumter. Should this have been the shot that started the American Civil War? (President Buchanan ignored the incident.)

Poll set up by Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian, based on this pre-poll discussion.