Lincoln was not that stupid or naive. I do not believe in the "oops" excuse. He knew exactly what he was signing and the effects of his secret orders, and they were secret, Porter said they were secret, the O.R. says they were secret. The evidence of a secret mission is found all over the O.R. Fox was so upset of the events he demanded a copy of the orders later in the war to clear his name, but was politely told they were misplaced. Porter later admitted the that it was the presence of these ships that persuaded Beauregard to act. Now, I have Montgomery Blair confirming exactly what I have believed all along. The evidence is there, all that is needed is to put the pieces together. Parts but not all can be found at...
The Lincoln Papers, Congressional Library.
The Official Records of both the Army and Navy
The Naval History of the Civil War by David Porter
The Days of Defiance by Maury Klein