ABSTRACT

The Civil War would have been greatly different had the events at Fort Sumter not occurred as they did. For Northerners, questions of politics, economics and human bondage were set aside, at least temporarily. In one article, very representative of most journalists, a Cincinnati reporter wrote of his city 'The military spirit of the city is thoroughly aroused'. Anderson and his men were greeted as great heroes when they arrived in New York City. The city's population, which until very recently had serious Southern sympathies, were now as patriotically Union men as could be found in the country. On April 15, the Virginia convention voted to leave the United States of America. When Lincoln issued his call for seventy five thousand troops, the maximum allowed by law, the response in Northern states was to attempt to make the Federal government accept more than they had asked for.