After Abraham Lincoln was elected in early November of 1860, the Confederate states began to secede from the country. South Carolina was the first Confederate state to secede, in December of 1860. When this occurred, the federal troops that had been stationed in Charleston, South Carolina, evacuated from the city and relocated to Fort Sumter in Charleston Harbor. The federal troops regarded the fort as located on federal ground, but the Confederates claimed the fort as their own. After Lincoln assumed office in March of 1861, he was pressured to take some action about Fort Sumter, as the troops in the fort (who had been sent supplies by the previous President, Buchanan, in January of 1861), were running out of supplies. In early April, Lincoln decided to send supplies to the fort but said he would not send ammunition if the Confederacy did not attack. However, on April 12, 1861, the Confederacy fired on the fort, and the Civil War began.