The “last straw” for the South… No way are they going to have a Northern Pres! So, They leave! Lincoln elected Pres !
Union/North States = 23 Pres = Lincoln Confederation/ South States = 11 Pres = Jefferson Davis Confed. Gov’t Same Constitution Held in Hotel JD terrified! All Northern troops told to evacuate S. Forts
ULTIMATUM from the South: Lincoln Must Choose: Send People to help Ft. Sumter & be responsible for the start of the war OR Do nothing & let soldiers die JD Must Choose: Do nothing & he (and his new country) are weak OR Attack Ft. Sumter and start the war, might lose states Gen. Anderson (union) Must Choose: Obey orders from Lincoln, get attacked, lose men OR Accept the offer to leave peacefully and save the lives of 75 men Says STAY & SENDS FOOD! “ You have until 4:30 am tomorrow to get UNION troops out of FT. SUMTER or we open fire!”
GEN Anderson STAYS, JD attacks! April 12, 1861 4:30 am The South opens fire on Ft. Sumter (start of the civil war)