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Chapter 6: the call to arms. The assault upon Fort Sumter had doubtless been ordered by the rebel government under the hope, if not the
tal watchword: You must sprinkle blood in the faces of the people.
Sumter was a bloodless conquest, but it nevertheless filled the South with r wild political lunacy, the symbols of a holy deliverance.
The Sumter bombardment, Lincoln's proclamation, and the enthusiastic war-spiri n addition to the six or seven thousand rebel troops assembled at Charleston to aid in the reduction of Sumter, and the four or five thousand is sent them his message, announcing that he had in the field, at Charleston, Pensacola, Forts Morgan, Jackson, St Philip, and Pulaski, ninet ction, an army of one hundred thousand men.
Between the fall of Sumter, however, and the date of this message, the whole revolution had un rush of popular excitement and passion consequent upon the fall of Sumter.
The three others, Maryland, Kentucky, and Missouri, and also the