When Abraham Lincoln, was elected president, South Carolina was worried. Their delegates voted to remove the state of South Carolina from the United States of America. They were followed by the secession of six more states; Mississippi, Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, and Texas. The border states of Virginia, Arkansas, Tennessee, and North Carolina soon followed.
These eleven states eventually formed the Confederate States of America.
Davis ordered a surprise attack before the supplies could arrive.
April 12, 1861 - At 4:30 a.m. Confederates under Gen. Pierre Beauregard open fire with 50 cannons upon Fort Sumter in Charleston, South Carolina. The Civil War begins.
Lincoln had to make an important decision. He made the decision he thought would be best.
Lincoln would not surrender the fort, but would send food and other nonmilitary supplies.
Jefferson Davis would decide whether to attack and go to war or allow the symbol of federal authority to remain.
Commander Robert Anderson sent the message to Lincoln that Confederate leaders were demanding surrender or would attack .
President Lincoln received word that supplies were running out at Fort Sumter, located off the coast of South Carolina. If supplies did not come soon, they would have to surrender the fort to the confederacy .
Fort Sumter Today Fort Sumter still stands today in South Carolina, and is a monument to remember where the first shot of the Civil War took place. These are some pictures of me visiting Fort Sumter.
Fort Sumter Today While visiting South Carolina for a Gymnastics meet, I had the opportunity to view the national monument museum of Fort Sumter.