§On April 4th,
President Lincoln ordered a relief expedition of merchant vessels
under a Navy escort to bring supplies to Fort Sumter.
§On April 6th,
Lincoln notified South Carolina Governor Pickens that "an attempt
will be made to supply Fort Sumter with provisions only, and that if
such attempt be not resisted, no effort to throw in men, arms, or
ammunition will be made without further notice, [except]
in case of an attack on the fort."
§The Confederate cabinet decided
to attack the Fort and force its surrender before the relief
§The Secretary of War telegraphed Beauregard that if he
were certain that the fort was to be supplied by force,
"You will at once demand its evacuation, and if this
is refused proceed, in such a manner as you may determine, to reduce
the ultimatum on April 11th, but Anderson refused to surrender the Fort.