The first full-length account of Abraham Lincoln as commander in chief shows how Lincoln created this role, and, in doing so, saved the Union, transformed the presidency, shaped a nation, and found himself.The first full-length account of Abraham Lincoln as commander in chief shows how Lincoln created this role, and, in doing so, saved the Union, transformed the presidency, shaped a nation, and found himself.Read Less
B&W photo section. New in New jacket. Book Condition: NEW 2004 Random House hardcover & DJ (in mylar jacket), first printing. B&W photo section. Content: Drawing on newly discovered documents in the National Archives, Lincoln's War is the only full-length account to date on Abraham Lincoln as Commander in Chief. For the first time, readers will see the war unfold as Lincoln saw it. This wide-ranging account casts new light on Lincoln and his generals, his admirals, his controversial Secretary of War Edwin Stanton, and his outspoken confidant Gideon Welles, Secretary of the Navy. The reader will also learn the true story of Lincoln's experiences as a soldier and encounter Lincoln as amateur strategist, Lincoln in his relationship with black servicemen, Lincoln in his dealings with the Committee on the Conduct of the War, and Lincoln in his friendship with weapons pioneer Christopher Spencer, the creator of the Spencer repeater. And Lincoln's War is filled with myriad illuminating anecdotes-including how the President, a frustrated inventor, liked to conduct his own hands-on weapons tests on waste ground near the White House.
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