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When faced with the threat of an attack on Fort Sumter in Charleston Harbor by South Carolinian forces, new President Abraham Lincoln:
Allowed his Secretary of War Edwin Stanton to handle the problem, since Lincoln felt inexperienced and unsure as to what to do.
Surrendered the fort to prevent the outbreak of war.
Sent troops to aid Major Robert Anderson and ordered him to adopt a "shoot on sight" policy.
Sent a supply ship and advised a strictly defensive position for the fort.
Decided offense was better and sent troops at Richmond.