Causes of the Civil War Project

Causes of the Civil War Project
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  • Correct! Now let's move on to December
  • Then on the 23rd of November Major Anderson requested reinforcements for his troops in Charleston
  • Right, but he also stated that states had no right to secede from the union
  • On the 4th of December, President Buchanan condemns Northern interference with slave policies of Southern states
  • Then on the eleventh, Major Don Carlos Buell delivered a message to Major Anderson from Secretary of War Floyd. Anderson was authorized to put his command in any of the forts at Charleston to resist their seizure
  • On the tenth, South Carolina delegates met with Buchanan and believed he agreed to not change the military situation in Charleston
  • Correct, and Floyd would later go on to join the Confederacy in fact
  • And later in the month, Floyd said Anderson violated the President's pledge to keep the status quo pending further discussions and the garrison should be removed from Charleston
  • What happened on the 12th???
  • Secretary of State Lewis Cass of Michigan resigned. He believed President Buchanan should've reinforced the Charleston forts and was unhappy about Buchanan's lack of action
  • On April 15th and 16th of 1861 Kentucky and North Carolina immediately refused to provide troops in response to Lincoln's call. Tension and anger increased in the border states of Missouri, Kentucky, Maryland, Virginia, and North Carolina. 
  • Then, North Carolina troops seized Fort Caswell and Fort Johnston. On April 16, Virginia refused to provide militia to suppress the rebellion. On April 17, Missouri and Tennessee also refused to meet the President's request for volunteers
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