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This paper describes Abraham Lincoln's life and legacy. Lincoln's childhood is described as one of hardship, yet Lincoln strove to acquire an education. The paper also highlights Lincoln's rise in politics and his tremendous ambition. Finally, Lincoln's tenure as president is highlighted, and special emphasis is placed on the Civil War.
From the Paper:"Williams notes that Lincoln's most important legacy as a strategist was his establishment of the modern command system: "a Commander-in-Chief (Lincoln) to establish overall strategy, a General-in-Chief (Grant) to implement plans, and a Chief of Staff (Halleck) to relay information" (Williams). Thus, writes Williams, Lincoln, without recognizing his long-range contribution to the nation's modem command system, laid its foundation in 1864 (Williams). Under this new system, a joint product of Lincoln and Congress, Grant was named General-in-Chief, and was charged with the function of planning and directing the movements of all Union Armies, and because he disliked the political atmosphere in Washington, Grant established his headquarters with the field Army and the Eastern Theatre, but did not technically command that Army (Williams). Hallack then received a new office, as Chief of Staff, but not in the sense of today's term (Williams). Hallack was primarily a channel of communication between Lincoln and Grant and between Grant and the 17 departmental commanders under Grant (Williams). Grant possessed in superb degree the ability to think of the war in overall terms, however his grand plan of operations that ended the war was at least partly Lincoln's in concept (Williams). Grant conformed his strategy to Lincoln's known ideas: "hit the Confederacy from all sides with pulverizing blows and make enemy armies, not cities, his main objective" (Williams). Grant submitted the broad outlines of his plan to Lincoln and the President trusting in Grant, approved the design without seeking to know the details (Williams). "
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Abraham Lincoln: From the Ridiculous to the Sublime (2006, December 17) Retrieved April 23, 2021, from https://www.academon.com/term-paper/abraham-lincoln-from-the-ridiculous-to-the-sublime-75617/
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