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Secretary of War Floyd demands that the Cabinet permit withdrawal of federal forces from Charleston

John Buchanan Floyd, detail
12/27/1860
Calling Major Robert Anderson's action in consolidating on Fort Sumter a violation of a "solemn pledge," Secretary of War John Buchanan Floyd read a statement at a meeting the Cabinet stating that the only way to prevent bloodshed was to order Anderson's complete withdrawal from Charleston Harbor.  When the Cabinet refused this, Floyd withdrew and resigned two days later.  (By John Osborne)
Source Citation: 
 "Documents and Narratives," in Frank Moore, The Rebellion Record: A Diary of American Events, with Documents, Narratives, Illustrative Incidents, Poetry, Etc. (New York: G.P.Putnam, 1861), I: 10.

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