Interior of Fort Sumter after the bombardment of April 12, 1861.


Westchester County
The First Volunteers

The firing on Fort Sumter on April 12, 1861, galvanized a change in public feeling. Newspapers now rallied behind the idea of keeping the union intact. Three days after Fort Sumter came Lincoln's call for 75,000 volunteers. 13,280 of these men were to come from New York State. On April 16, the New York State Legislature passed a law calling for 30,000 volunteers to serve for two years, over and above the federal request. This move seems to reflect a more realistic judgment that the war would not be short-lived.

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