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 Posted: Sun Nov 29th, 2009 04:48 pm
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Maybe not, TD. Maybe so.

Had Ft. Sumter been re-supplied, it would then have to re- and re- and re-supplied. Its situation was untenable. Lincoln more than alluded in his first inaugural, that the duties would be collected. That's a matter of revenue cutters intercepting direct shipping and collecting the duties. That was done in Virginia for a time, and could have been done for other ports.

Of course, that dog won't hunt, and here's where the maybe not comes in, but it would have left only seven secesh states, some of whom were luke-warm in their enthusiasm for breaking up the Union.

No shooting, no invading armies, no war ... and a much better possibility for European intervention.

Just a thought.

Ole

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