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 Posted: Fri Apr 12th, 2013 05:57 pm
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On this day the Confederate Army began firing 4000 shells, on an undermanned, poorly supplied and outgunned fort that would have peacefully surrendered in a few days anyway. Reason #1 firing on Ft Sumter was a poor decision.

Instead of waiting for the north to be the belligerent (which might have taken years), the south mobilized and motivated a foe with greater manpower and resources. Reason #2 firing on Ft Sumter was a poor decision.

This gave Lincoln a reason to call for troops, and a reason for northerners to respond with patriotic fever. Reason #3 firing on Ft Sumter was a poor decision.

War, gave Lincoln "war powers" which he used like a sledge hammer. No war= no war powers. Reason #4 firing on Ft Sumter was a poor decision.

Can anyone argue that firing on Ft Sumter was a good idea? Not just that war was inevitable, some other event would have lead to war, but that Ft Sumter was the right place and this was the right time?

Last edited on Fri Apr 12th, 2013 05:59 pm by MildMan

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