Lincoln’s Election, Southern Secession: 1860 to April 1861


What was the first step for South Carolina?

The governor of South Carolina called for a special convention to be held in mid-December. Meanwhile, the state militia began seizing federal properties in and around the state. Things began to look rather like 1832, except that on this occasion there was no sign of the Palmetto State backing down.

Major Robert Anderson was the garrison commander at Fort Sumter at the time of the attack.


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