Greatest Hits from Civil Warriors: Towards Reassessing A. Lincoln, Commander-in-Chief

(published in somewhat different form at Civil Warriors on May 16, 2007)

Many people like to point to Abraham Lincoln as a model commander-in-chief. Scholars have celebrated him as an instinctive strategist who had to put up with a series of inferior generals until he finally assembled the team that went out and won the war. At most, he comes under some criticism for appointing some generals based primarily upon their political value instead of their military skill, but even this practice has been defended as a necessary step towards winning the war.

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