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Posted at 7:45 AM ET, 12/27/2010

Frank J. Williams: Was Maj. Robert Anderson's decision to abandon Ft. Moultrie and move his troops to Ft. Sumter his best decision?

By Frank J. Williams

Chairman of The Lincoln Forum

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The decision to redeploy the troops from Ft. Moultrie to Ft. Sumter was tactically sound in every respect -- politically as well as militarily. To remain at Ft. Moultrie would have further provoked General P. G. T. Beauregard's troops and the South Carolinians. Major Anderson had no other realistic military choice either as Ft. Moultrie was vulnerable and Federal troops were severely outnumbered with only 77 officers, noncoms and troops (as well as 43 noncombatant workmen) when assembled in Ft. Sumter.


By Frank J. Williams  | December 27, 2010; 7:45 AM ET
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