-- Final Orders --

Sunday March 31, 1861

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Meigs's Plan

In the morning, Meigs received the go-ahead to draft plans to reinforce Fort Pickens. Assisted by General Scott's military secretary, Meigs completed his proposal and took it to Lincoln's office by mid-afternoon. Lincoln approved the arrangements and had Scott informed that the President wished "this thing done, and not to let it fail . . . ." Scott added only a few details, and the project was "definitely adopted."

Bibliography: Nicolay and Hay, Lincoln, 3: 436-37; Meigs, "General M. C. Meigs," p. 300; Current, Lincoln and the First Shot, p. 84.

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