Brev. Brig. Gen'l
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- Feb 20, 2005
- Ocala, FL (as of December, 2015).
It’s a US Fort, so Lincoln could reinforce it however he liked. He did not need any permission from the governor of a state to resupply a federal installation. I have never seen evidence that there were troop reinforcements being sent.
The bottom line is that there was nothing to negotiate between the southern rebels and America. The commissioners sent by South Carolina, and later the rebel government, started on the basis that they were separated from the Union.
The position of the United States government, as expressed by President Jackson in 1833 and President Buchanan and President Lincoln at the time, was that a state could not just vote itself out of the Union.
With two diametrically opposing starting foundations there really was nothing to negotiate.
Was ther not about 200 Union troops on board those transports headed to Ft. Sumter? I was under the impression that Lincoln had sent a note to Gov. Pickens that if the supply effort was not interfered with, those troops would not be put in.
Any information on that?