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SAT® Subject Test in U.S. History

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Fort Sumter

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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:

A

Allowed his Secretary of War Edwin Stanton to handle the problem, since Lincoln felt inexperienced and unsure as to what to do.

B

Surrendered the fort to prevent the outbreak of war.

C

Sent troops to aid Major Robert Anderson and ordered him to adopt a "shoot on sight" policy.

D

Sent a supply ship and advised a strictly defensive position for the fort.

E

Decided offense was better and sent troops at Richmond.