No one seriously believed that 600 odd men, lacking everything from food to cartridge bags, divided in authority, uncertain what course the government wanted them to take, could hurl back the Confederate thousands. Major Anderson and Captain Doubleday dared not even take the proper defensive measures for fear of inciting the Charlestonians and setting off a war. The press, municipal and State leaders, created a hell of accusation against Lincoln and his Yankee forces at Sumter. In Washington there was indecision, dissension and confused reports. A Book of the Month Club selection, this presents the fort's last gallant bloodless stand with color and verve.