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S. presidency. (the time between when a new president is elected and when he takes office) lasting until Lincoln’s inauguration in March. Meanwhile, Congress debated several different compromise plans. q 6/19/03 11:11 PM Page 52 ABRAHAM LINCOLN Crittendon Compromise, sought to end the crisis by splitting the territories between free and slave. The presidentelect, however, made it clear that he would never support a proposal involving the extension of slavery, and the scheme quickly died. THE CIVIL WAR BEGINS During the final weeks of Buchanan’s presidency, the Confederates took control of most federal forts in the lower South.

A showdown was inevitable. It came barely a month after inauguration day, when Lincoln announced he was shipping supplies to Fort Sumter off the South Carolina coast, suggesting that he planned to hold the island base indefinitely. The Confederates responded on April 12 by bombarding Fort Sumter. S. troops stationed at the fort surrendered and were permitted to sail back north. The Civil War had begun. Lincoln moved quickly in the wake of the attack on Fort Sumter. With a regular army of just 16,000, the federal government was woefully unprepared for war.

Three months later, Republicans met in Chicago to choose their presidential candidate. Although Senator William Seward of New York led on the first ballot, by the third ballot, Lincoln — widely considered more moderate on slavery and therefore the safer candidate — had captured the nomination. His running mate was Hannibal Hamlin of Maine. Meanwhile, the Democrats, bitterly split between Northern and Southern wings, could not agree on a presidential candidate. q 6/19/03 11:13 PM Page 46 ABRAHAM LINCOLN John C.

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