Thursday March 28, 1861
This same day, Lincoln, still weighing Fox's remarks, requested him to prepare a list of the ships, men, and supplies he would need. Fox immediately returned a list of requirements for both the army and navy.
That evening, following a state dinner, Lincoln gathered his cabinet to inform them of General Scott's new position. They unanimously dissented from Scott's advice to abandon Pickens. Montgomery Blair accused Scott of "playing politician," by offering a political rather than military assessment of the situation.
Lincoln then called a formal cabinet meeting for the next day to consider the entire situation.
Bibliography: Current, Lincoln and the First Shot, pp. 75-78; Nicolay and Hay, Lincoln, 3: 394-95, 433; Nevins, War for the Union, 1: 54-55; OR, p. 227.