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Posted at 11:22 AM ET, 04/15/2011

Document: Lincoln’s Call to Arms

After the fall of Fort Sumter, President Lincoln called up 75,000 men from the state militias to suppress the rebellion and to “cause the laws to be duly executed.” His proclamation was viewed as coercion by the border states and pushed Virginia, Arkansas, Tennessee, and North Carolina into seceding.

Lincoln's Call to Arms (Library of Congress)

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