Lincoln Prepared Two Relief Expeditions Essay

795 Words Nov 12th, 2015 4 Pages
Before even stepping into the white house, Lincoln was faced with a disunion crisis. The confederacy had claimed Fort Sumter, and Lincoln made the call for General in Chief Winfield Scott to prepare to hold or retake the Fort during or after his inauguration. In his inaugural address, Lincoln not only upheld the union’s indestructibility and appealed for sectional harmony, but also stated the Sumter Policy. The Sumter Policy stated, “The power confided in me, will be used to hold, occupy, and posses the property, and places belonging to the government, and to collect the duties and imposts; but beyond what may be necessary for these objects, there will be no invasion-no using of force against, or among the people anywhere”. Shortly after entering office, For Sumter was suffering greatly while under siege by the confederates. Lincoln was left with two choices fueled by contradictory advice; Abandon the fort and show a sign of weakness in the union, or send aid to the Fort. Ultimately, Lincoln prepared two relief expeditions (One to Sumter and one to Fort Pickens). Before the Fort Sumter expedition, Lincoln had sent a messenger to the governor of South Carolina warning of the expedition and to basically stand out of their way. Without Lincoln’s arrival, the confederates went to the Major to request evacuation, though no evacuation was ever called. As a result, the first battle of the Civil war began at Fort Sumter on April 12, 1861. Lincoln’s main aims of these expeditions…

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