Thursday, April 15, 2010
Send Me 75,000
Following the surrender of Fort Sumter, President Abraham Lincoln issued a Proclamation calling for the states to send 75,000 volunteer troops on April 15th 1861. Lincoln stated that the laws of the United States were being opposed and thwarted, and that the rebellion must be suppressed. He listed the offending states of, Texas, South Carolina, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama. These states represented a force to large to be dealt with by using the judiciary and Federal Marshals. The words Lincoln used in the Proclamation seem to show that he looked at this not as a Civil War but as an insurrection. He didn’t want to offend the pro-Union people who were still in the south. Tens of thousands of men mostly in the north eagerly responded, enlisting for ninety days. The remaining southern states refuse to comply with Lincoln’s Proclamation, and four more of the states seceded raising the number of the Confederacy to eleven.