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POLL: From Fort Moultrie to Fort Sumter


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Tom Bryant Inactive Member writes:

I'm not entirely sure that "the war was inevitable" Lincoln and many in the North knew full well that the right to secede was built in to the Constitution from the getgo (it would never have been ratified without it). Furthermore, Lincoln was not in the situation of initiating combat with the South as there were too many factions in the North that would not allow it. Also it meant that any overt hostile acts like a blockade were out of the question until the shooting started

All the South had to do was sit back and wait out the North. They could have ignored Sumter, forcing Lincoln to make the first hostile move.


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VOTING RESULTS
AnswerVotes%Chart
yes
99
66%
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no opinion
41
27%
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no
10
7%
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POLL IS CLOSED
POLL DESCRIPTION
Did Anderson make the right move in relocating his command (and men) from indefensible Fort Moultrie to Fort Sumter, even though it provoked the South Carolinians?

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