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POLL: Fort Sumter: Warning the South


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VOTING RESULTS
AnswerVotes%Chart
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1
1%
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no opinion
23
16%
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say nothing about the resupply expedition
50
34%
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inform the South with sufficient notice
35
24%
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inform the South at short notice
38
26%
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POLL IS CLOSED
POLL DESCRIPTION
Prior to the final attempt to resupply Fort Sumter, the Lincoln administration had to decide whether to inform the South that the attempt would be made.

The Secretary of the Navy argued that the resupply mission required stealth, and to notify the Confederates would risk the mission.

However, the Secretary of State had previously assured the Southern states that no attempt to reinforce Sumter would be made without advance warning.

The Secretary of the Navy countered that the Secretary of State had never been authorized to make such a pledge.

What should Lincoln have done?

(Sufficient notice is enough time for the South to formulate a measured response; short notice is to inform the South with little warning.)

Poll set up by unknown member, based on this pre-poll discussion.