"Issue 6-- Avoiding armed conflict at Sumter-- as David pointed out many times, Fox's paln was an invasion plan. It was approved By Lincoln and supported by Lincoln. Also as David pointed out the Union fired the first naval shot of the war at a Southern passenger ship."
The facts are that the United States Mail Steamer Nashville was a New York owned passenger steamer running from New York Harbor to Charleston (normal route, had been doing it for years). There were women and children onboard, the passenger list can be found in the Charleston papers. She was well known, her position was given along her route by other ships that posted the positions in the New York papers. She left the same day as the some of Fox's ships from the same harbor, so they knew she was coming. Carrying the U.S. mail, she was a protected ship, contracted by the United States to deliver the mail in a specific time. And yet, the history given is that she was a Confederate blockade runner first fired upon by the Coast Guard cutter Harriet Lane, the first gun fired by the United States naval forces in the Civil War. This is a twisted lie. She was not in anyway a Confederate ship at the time she was fired upon, but an unarmed U.S. passenger ship carrying American civilians.