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[Detail] The Diary of Horatio Nelson Taft, 1861-1865

Historical Issues-Analysis and Decision-Making

Find Taft's diary entries mentioning Fort Sumter by conducting a Keyword search using the search term Sumpter (Taft's spelling). Read Taft's comments on the garrison and its importance.

  • What options did President Buchanan have in determining the fate of the fort?
  • What was the position of the governor of South Carolina?
  • What decision did President Lincoln make regarding supplying the fort?
  • What course of action could he have taken? What were the consequences of his decision?