President James Buchanan got an alarming request from Major Robert Anderson to send military reinforcements for the Federal garrison in Charleston Harbor.
Disunion Spreads Throughout the South
As the secession frenzy intensified in Georgia, it began rapidly spreading into other southern states as well.
A Desire to Stand Between the Factions
President James Buchanan looked to his cabinet for advice on the secession crisis, but like the country itself, the cabinet was hopelessly divided.
The Feeling of Secession Grows Stronger
Southern states began taking steps toward leaving the Union, while some northerners began talking of keeping the South in the Union, even by force if necessary.
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