The New York Times reiterates Lincoln’s position on Sumter. He’s not evacuating, and will send provisions. If the South attacks, Americans and Europeans alike will blame them for starting the war.
Lieut. TALBOT, who returned to Fort Sumpter with instructions to Major ANDERSON, is expected to arrive there to-morrow morning. There certainly is no present purpose to reinforce Sumpter. Nevertheless, an attempt will be made to send it supplies or provisions, via an unarmed vessel. If the Secessionists choose to fire upon her, they will have themselves initiated whatever disasters or trouble shall follow.
While the President sees no necessity for reinforcing Fort Sumpter while Charleston is not threatened with foreign invasion, he is determined to fulfill his constitutional duty, as laid down in his Inaugural. He cannot, therefore, abandon Sumpter, or any other public property, so long as the Government has power to hold it.
In this view of the case he must feed the small force now holding it, and will do so, unless the rebels are strong enough to drive them out. Thus, as you will see, the question or peace or war is entirely in the hands of JEFFERSON DAVIS, who, it is well known, has control of the Charleston troops, whom he has hitherto restrained, notwithstanding Gov. PICKENS’ disposition to yield to the pressure for an immediate bombardment of Sumpter.
The Herald’s story of stipulations having been agreed upon for the evacuation of Sumpter is unfounded, as you probably supposed.
The same day, the Official Records show that Lincoln informed Governor Pickens and Gen. Beauregard of his intentions:
CHARLESTON, April 8, 1861.
L. P. WALKER:
Authorized messenger from Lincoln just informed Governor, Pickens and myself that provisions would be sent to Sumter peaceably, otherwise by force.
G. T. BEAUREGARD.
MONTGOMERY, April 8, 1861.
General BEAUREGARD, Charleston:
Under no circumstances are you to allow provisions to be sent to Fort Sumter.
L. P. WALKER.
Lincoln’s message, as reported earlier by Daily Observations on the Civil War, said that “an attempt will be made to supply Fort Sumter with provisions only; and that, if such attempt be not resisted, no effort to throw in men, arms, or ammunition, will be made, without further notice, [except] in case of an attack on the Fort.”