During the cabinet meeting, members presented their responses to Lincoln's questions concerning Forts Sumter and Pickens. To see the advice he received, click on the three top pictures of cabinet members. These three positions are representative of the whole cabinet. If you wish to see the advice offered by other members of Lincoln's cabinet, click on the four bottom pictures.
As matters stood, the three likeliest courses of action available to Lincoln were: to abandon both Sumter and Pickens; to abandon Sumter but hold Pickens; and to set in motion expeditions to relieve both Sumter and Pickens.
|William H. Seward||Montgomery Blair||Gideon Welles|
|Caleb B. Smith||Salmon P. Chase||Edward Bates|
After you have considered all the information, place yourself in Lincoln's position. What would you do, and why? Would you:
Bibliography: Nicolay and Hay, Lincoln, 3:429, 4: 33-34; Current, Lincoln and the First Shot, pp. 77-80; Potter, Lincoln and His Party, pp. 371-72; Beale, ed., Diary of Edward Bates, p. 180.