Lincolns Presidency Essay

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Once elected, Lincoln kept pretty quiet about his intentions as President. He decided that he shouldn't say anything until his inauguration. At his inauguration, Lincoln said he had no idea of putting an end to slavery. However, he was against the rumors of large groups of southerners forming an alliance against the union to protect their rights as slave owners. He believed that no states could ever legally separate from the union. This was the whole reason why Lincoln put a greater deal of interest in slavery. Once in office, he had another ordeal. Most of his cabinet were former foes in past presidential races. Put together, they were overall a well-qualified group. But they couldn't agree with each other on most issues. They also didn't agree with Lincoln being President, they at first thought that each one of them would be a better leader. They later discovered by seeing Lincoln in action, that he turned out to be better than any of them. The events at Fort Sumter proved to be the first test for Lincoln in the presidency. Lincoln was informed that the fort was surrounded by hostile forces. The choices were to either withdrawal or to use force immediately. Lincoln decided to wait it out for a while. He was later told that things were heating up at Fort Sumter. Lincoln decided to have supplies sent to the troops at the fort. He then told the governor of South Carolina that an attack was to commence upon the fort at any time. The president of the south, Jefferson Davis, wanted to dishearten Lincoln and ordered the attack on the fort. The fort was attacked by confederate forces on April 12th, and ended on the 14th. Only two men were lost in the last hours of the battle, but the commander of the fort, Robert Anderson, surrendered because they had used up all of their supplies. This battle was the first of many in the Civil war. After the Battle at Fort Sumter, four more states of the union coupled with the rest of the confederacy. These states were Arkansas, Tennessee, North Carolina, and Virginia. Maryland, Kentucky and Missouri were in a chaotic state. Certain people supported the union and some supported the confederacy and their rights as slaveholders. Sometimes when union soldiers were marching through Union states, confederate supporters would attack them in large mobs. This caused Lincoln to suspend...

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