-- And The War Came --

Sunday April 7, 1861

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Lincoln's Plan Is Set in Motion

At 3:30 a.m., the Atlantic, the headquarters steamship for the Pickens expedition, weighed anchor and went to sea with Colonel Harvey Brown and Captain M. C. Meigs aboard.

This same morning, Lieutenant John L. Worden started on his overland route to Pensacola, carrying Lincoln's new orders to Captain Henry A. Adams to reinforce Fort Pickens.

Meanwhile, at Fort Sumter, Major Anderson received Lincoln's letter of April 4, informing him of the relief expedition and urging him to hold out. [For Anderson's reaction, click on "Commentary."]


Bibliography: OR, p. 372; ORN, p. 111; Meigs, "General M. C. Meigs," p. 302; Nicolay and Hay, Lincoln, 4: 8-9.

Anderson's Supplies Stopped

[Stars and Bars]

In compliance with orders from the Confederate government, General Beauregard informed Anderson that "in consequence of the delays and apparent vacillations of the United States . . . relative to the evacuation of Fort Sumter," he was cutting off supplies from Charleston to the fort.

Bibliography: OR, pp. 248, 290.

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