Week 10


  1. Lincoln as Commander in Chief: I believe that Lincolns top three qualities as a civilian leader in time of war were his: knowledge and understanding of the law, His leadership skills, and his ability to keep a level head. If it weren’t for these three important and impressive attributes, Lincoln would not have been nearly as effective as a commander. I would say that his greatest weakness, was his ability to gain the respect or at least control over his early generals. The war could have looked very different if Lincoln had appointed generals who listened and valued action, like Grant.


  1. Contrasting Commanders: Overall, Lincoln had a pretty good relationship with both men. They all agreed on an aggressive and swift end to the war, but the differences boiled down to politics. Sherman often expressed his political views and aspirations, which Lincoln did not share. Grant was a military man to the core. Politics really did not interest Grant that much as he saw his only objective was to command. For this reason Lincolns relationship with Grant was better and more successful.


  1. The Role of the Military in Emancipation: Back in the 1860’s slaves were extremely undereducated, and they had no contact with the world outside of their plantation. For this reason, just because slaves were emancipated did not mean that they were allowed to leave their plantation. The military was critical in emancipation because sometimes a show of force was required to remove slaves from their plantation.


  1. The Military’s Role in Democracy: During wartime, Lincoln did some controversial stuff to quell the rebellion with the military. But after the war I would argue that Lincoln did a good job of building a nice balance between military and civilian life. The balance of military and civilian life was not an easy one but the three men did a good job of trying to respect the rights of American citizens.

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