Category Fort Sumter

Lincoln and the Fort Sumter Crisis

Here’s one of my favorite historians, Prof. Craig Symonds, Professor of History Emeritus at the United States Naval Academy, on Lincoln and the Fort Sumter Crisis. Craig is a Navy guy, but we forgive him for that. 😉 He’s an outstanding lecturer. The video’s description reads, “When Abraham Lincoln took office in 1861, he admitted […]

The Genesis of the Civil War

If you want to understand what happened at Fort Sumter to start the Civil War, this book is indispensable.  Samuel Wylie Crawford was the surgeon for the Fort Sumter garrison.  Afterward, he became an infantry officer and a major general in the war. Not only was he present for the events he details, but he […]

Destiny at Fort Sumter

Here’s another episode of Civil War Journal.

Lincoln and the First Shot

This is, in my opinion, an essential book to read on the Fort Sumter crisis. Hat tip to Andy Hall. Book available to be read online: https://archive.org/stream/lincolnfirstshot00curr#page/n0/mode/2up

The Diary of a Public Man and Abraham Lincoln

This is a lecture given by historian Daniel Crofts on March 3, 2011 at the Virginia Historical Society.  In it, he recounts the “Diary of a Public Man,” published in four installments by the North American Review in 1879.  He places the diary in its historical context and identifies the author as journalist Stephen Hurlbut […]

Ronald Rietveld on Abraham Lincoln and the Secession Crisis

This is a 2011 lecture by Ronald Rietveld, Professor of History Emeritus at Cal State Fullerton.

Did Lincoln Deliberately Provoke a War at Fort Sumter? Part 4

Lincoln had decided to send supplies to Fort Sumter.  As long as the landing of supplies was not opposed, that’s all that would happen.  If the confederates opposed the landing, though, then the commanders were ordered to force their way in and land both supplies and reinforcements. Lincoln next undertook to notify Governor Francis Pickens […]