Was the attack on fort sumter the reason the north and south went to war?
The attack upon Fort Sumter played directly into President Lincoln's plans for keeping the Union intact. This was due to the fact that many people in the North saw no reason to engage in a conflict that could cost too many American lives. Lincoln did not want to create a huge causality list & believed any conflict with the South would be a short one. What the attack on Fort Sumter did was to convince…
How did events that occured from lincolns election to the attack on ft Sumter accelerate the inevitability of war?
The South started to realize that they were losing political power and when South Carolina seceded they took all of the federal land with them, including Fort Sumter. This angered Northern political figures and they demanded it back. The South felt that they were being pushed around, and the North felt like the South was stealing their country's land from them.
The attack by the Confederacy on Fort Sumter, and the fort's surrender was the catalyst that brought on the US Civil War. The attack by the Confederacy was ill advised in that the South did not have a standing army or any navy to speak of. The South was unprepared in April of 1861 to carry on a war.
it was a surprise attack because Lincoln told the Confederacy that he was sending food for his men but the south attacked them. ^- The south asked them to leave repeatedly. even said they would attack them if they wouldn't go, the people in fort sumter said they would leave if they didn't recive supplies. THEN lincoln sent them supplies. No it wasn't a surprise attack. they knew it was coming.
slavery was the most basic differences between the north and south and they did not like the fact that people wanted slavery and some people didn't. another difference was everyone wanted to have all the forts so the decided to battle and see who should win Fort Sumter and when the battle was over the North won Fort Sumter even though Fort Sumter battle and Fort Sumter is in the south.
Lincoln effectively declared war by calling for 75,000 volunteers, and the South retaliated with four more states seceding. The attack and capture of Fort Sumter effectively was the spark that began the US Civil War. Northerners who did not want a war with the South, now believed that this attack on the Federal fort in the Charleston Harbor was a justification for armed conflict with the Confederacy.
Confederate Secretary of State Robert Toombs pleaded wit President Davis to allow supply ships to replenish the food supplies for Fort Sumter. He warned Davis that an attack on the supply ships or on Fort Sumter would alienate any friends the South had in the North. He called any Confederate violence to be an act of suicide.
No, he attacked Harper's Ferry Virginia in 1859 in a futile attempt to start a slave revolt. His attack failed but he was seen as a martyr for the abolition of slavery in the North and as a terrorist in the south. The reaction to his attack is regarded as one of the events that lead the country to war in 1861 where southern forces fired on Fort Sumter.