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 Posted: Mon May 21st, 2012 12:28 am
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By April 12, 1861 seven states had seceeded and formed a seperate nation. Lincoln had said that his goal was to preserve the union, so it seems in 1861 war was inevitable.

Cleburne, this might have a little on what you're refering to. I know I read somewhere else about there actually being shots fired in January, gonna have to look around

Stationed at Fort Barrancas, U.S. Army Lieutenant Adam J. Slemmer realized that if war proved inevitable and Southern forces attacked, his small force of 51 men could not possibly defend all four forts. On January 10, 1861, the same day Florida seceded from the Union, he concentrated all his troops in Fort Pickens, which he believed was the key to the defense of Pensacola’s harbor. Two days later, Slemmer’s men watched as Southern soldiers moved into the other forts across the channel, removing the U.S. flags. Then, on January 15, soldiers from Florida and Alabama demanded the surrender of Fort Pickens. Lieutenant Slemmer refused. On January 28, 1861, a truce was reached that stated that the South would not attack and Fort Pickens would not be reinforced.

http://www.nps.gov/history/nr/twhp/wwwlps/lessons/38pickens/38facts1.htm

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