Lincoln and His Generals - AbeBooks Skip to main content abebooks.com Passion for books. Some like McClernand, McClellan, John Logan of Illinois and John Dix of New York were War Democrats whose support President Lincoln could hardly risk. Historical setting. During the Seven Days battle in 1862, a rattled McClellan telegraphed Washington, ‘If I save this Army now I tell you plainly that I owe no thanks to you or any other persons in Washington—you have done your best to sacrifice this Army.’ Compare this to the closing sentence of Grant’s last letter to Lincoln before the start of the 1864 offensive: ‘Should my success be less than I desire and expect, the least I can say is, the fault is not with you.’ The man who could write these words was worthy of Lincoln’s confidence.”3, From the outset of the war, Mr. Lincoln had problems with generals who held the title of general-in-chief—like Winfield Scott, McClellan and Henry Halleck—but failed to exercise the authority of that post or give advice to the President so that he could exercise it. He noted that Mr. Lincoln told General William T. Sherman at the end of the war that his warm relations with Generals Sherman and Grant had a simple base: “It was because you never found fault with me, from the days of Vicksburg down.” 2. On March 4, 1864, Lincoln signed this certificate making Ulysses S. Grant a lieutenant general, a rank previously held only by George Washington. President Abraham Lincoln and General Ulysses S. Grant didn’t meet often in person. One general who did not usurp his authority was Ulysses S. Grant, whose success was in part due to his understanding of both his mission and his relationship to civilian authority. Gift of Julia Dent Grant and William H. Vanderbilt, 1887. Lincoln took his commander in chief role seriously and often took an active part in the campaigns, at least before he finally found Grant. Constitution Avenue, NW In 1994 Oxford University Press published Lincoln's Generals. Will you not, for me, take that place? Union commanders like Winfield Scott, George B. McClellan and Henry Halleck made their headquarters in Washington and visited the White House often. Lincoln and His Generals by Williams, T. Harry and a great selection of related books, art and collectibles available now at AbeBooks.com. $11.22. In April of 1864, almost exactly a year before his assassination, Lincoln wrote, “I am naturally anti-slavery. Lincoln and His Generals Book Review Lincoln and His Generals is a book by Thomas Williams that focuses on the Civil War as being the first modern war and the way President Lincoln lead his divided nation during this dark historic time. $9.99. Rather, Lincoln inspired General Meade, giving him trust and encouragement. When General Joseph (“Fighting … President Lincoln himself was confident of his own power. He would have been politically foolish to alienate Butler. Lincoln and McClellan Lincoln gave Gen. George McClellan the task of building and training the Union army in 1861. President Lincoln wrote Hunter gingerly on September 9, 1861: “Gen. Engraving of Gen. U. S. Grant receiving his appointment from President Lincoln. Lincoln and His Generals-- A list and Information Links : Visit Mr. Lincoln’s White House for a General Discussion. T. Harry Williams (1909-1979) was an American historian who taught (often to overflow lectures) at Louisiana State University from 1941 to 1979, and who won both a National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize for his 1969 biography of Louisiana governor Huey P. Long. Lincoln’s knowledge of the Wolfe story would have made it easier for him to construct the clever riposte about sending whiskey to his other generals. They thought they knew better than the civilians in Washington and were often jealous of prerogatives of their rank, seniority, and authority. Washington, D.C. Email powered by MailChimp (Privacy Policy & Terms of Use). Frémont needs assistance which it is difficult to give him. Although he led the Army of the Potomac from 1863 to 1865, he too was seldom at the White House. Showing signs of wear, but still a serviceable copy for reading or using for decor. Edited by Gabor Boritt, it presented assessments of Lincoln's relationship with five army commanders. Lincoln and His Generals by T Harry Williams 1952 Hardcover with Dust Jacket. It was found among other unsent angry letters after his death. Butler had been a Democrat before the war, but like Frémont, he had become a hero of Radical Republicans. The first set of beliefs Lincoln got rid of was about how he related to his generals. Several essays echoed themes first sounded by T. Harry Williams more than four decades earlier in his 1952 study, Lincoln and His Generals. The live presentation with Lincoln and his generals --- Grant, Sherman and Ord --- is being held in … He did not care whether or not an officer was friendly, or politically opinionated, or overly deferential to his status as President of the United States—he just wanted victories. A few days later, Lincoln named General Ambrose Burnside to be the commander of the Army of the Potomac. President Abraham Lincoln and three of his generals will discuss the last six months of the American Civil War at the Orland Park History Museum on Saturday, February 16. So Butler kept coming up with new ideas for employment and visiting the White House to promote them. Once in command of the Union armies, Grant undertook a relentless and bloody campaign against Gen. Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia. Lincoln was highly intelligent and had an innate strategic vision that outclassed all of his generals (the prime objective was to destroy Lee's army, not capture Richmond). Lincoln’s frustration and depression deepened as Union military defeats continued into 1863. Between 12th and 14th Streets Williams introduces the Union army as one that has no shape to it. Not until General Ulysses Grant was given that role in March 1864 did Mr. Lincoln truly feel comfortable with his top military commander. A signal contribution to Lincolniana in a study of the development of Lincoln's military policy towards his generals, Fremont, Banks, Grant, Sherman, McClellan, Scott. Shipped with USPS Media Mail. On one occasion, he instead sent his wife, Jesse Benton Frémont, who seemed to exacerbate rather than solve her husband’s problems. His cardinal mistake is that he isolates himself, & allows nobody to see him; and by which he does not know what is going on in the very matter he is dealing with. $9.99. Free shipping . This primary source comes from the Records of the War Department General and Special Staffs. In March 1865, General-in-Chief Ulysses S. Grant invited President Lincoln to visit his headquarters at City Point, Virginia.By coincidence, Major General William Tecumseh Sherman (then campaigning in North Carolina) happened to visit City Point at the same time. This book provided him with many national and local acclaims. The Union army had every advantage in resources, but failed to assemble the military leadership needed to mount a successful campaign. Since it was first published in 1952, Lincoln and His Generals has remained one of the definitive accounts of Lincoln’s wartime leadership. Print showing President Abraham Lincoln sitting on a rock talking with his generals, from left: Admiral Porter, Admiral Farragut, Lincoln, Sherman, Thomas, Grant, and Sheridan. According to Prokopowicz, Lincoln’s views on slavery were consistent. Lincoln and His Generals T. Harry Williams (The Civil War) 1st Ed. On October 3, 1862, Alexander Gardner photographed Lincoln and McClellan at the Fifth Corps headquarters. © 2002-2021 The Lehrman Institute. Eventually, this led to the end of the Civil War, as The Union defeated the Confederacy — a pivotal moment in the United States' history. Previous owner's name is stamped inside the cover. He was a superb organizer and popular with his troops, but an ineffective battlefield commander. Ultimately, he was commander-in-chief. he needs to have, by his side, a man of large experience. Lincoln unexpectedly visited McClellan and his army to observe its condition. Your rank is one grade too high to be ordered to it; but will you not serve the country, and oblige me, by taking it voluntarily?”2, Ironically, Hunter subsequently got himself in the same kind of hot water with the President as Frémont —usurping the presidential prerogatives on slavery. Lincoln did not send the letter--writing such correspondence and storing it away was a favorite coping mechanism of his. Please see pictures for details, as they are considered part of the description. He was a superb organizer and popular with his troops, but an ineffective battlefield commander. Explored in depth are Lincoln’s often fraught relationships with generals such as McClellan, Pope, Burnside, Hooker, Fremont, and of course, Ulysses S. Grant. After he appointed Joseph Hooker to command the army of the Potomac in January 1863, he wrote Hooker a classic letter of advice: “I have heard, in such way as to believe it, of your recently saying that both the Army and the Government needed a Dictator. All rights reserved. This allowed for the war's only three-way meeting of President Lincoln, General Grant, and General Sherman. Smoke-free home. Free shipping . Lincoln would have preferred his generals to dictate effective military strategy. Please use the following steps to determine whether you need to fill out a call slip in the Prints and Photographs Reading Room to view the original item(s). So President Lincoln repeatedly sought military positions for Schurz which would keep him and his fellow German-Americans happy. Mr. Lincoln closed the letter to Hooker: “And now, beware of rashness. Typical of these was General David Hunter, most of whose pre-Civil War experience was as an army paymaster. After his removal, McClellan battled with Lincoln once more–for the … Lincoln gave Gen. George McClellan the task of building and training the Union army in 1861. Even Ulysses S. Grant infrequently came to the White House to see the President after he was placed in charge of all Union armies in March 1864. There is no better way to demonstrate this understanding than to compare a passage in one of Grant’s letters to Lincoln to another from the pen of McClellan. What I now ask of you is military success, and I will risk the dictatorship.” Hooker was chagrined and chastened. The Peacemakers (David Dixon Porter, Abraham Lincoln, Ulysses S. Grant, William T. Sherman). generals often had big egos. “Even after ULysses S. Grant became general-in-chief in March 1864, Lincoln maintained a significant degree of strategic overeight,” wrote historian James M. McPherson. He book was on the best seller list, he received rave reviews in national publications, and scholarly awards where he was teaching at the time, L.S.U. Grant preferred to be in the field and the President usually visited him there. He is losing the confidence of men near him, whose support any man in his position must have to be successful. And he let Illinois Democrat John McClernand, a longtime political opponent, raise troops for a separate command in the west. Shortly after the Battle of Gettysburg, Abraham Lincoln composed a letter to General George Meade in which he expressed profound disappointment in Meade's inability to pursue and destroy Robert E. Lee's army. Lincoln and His Generals by T Harry Williams (1952 Hardcover). Lincoln apparently was familiar with the Wolfe anecdote, and it is plausible that a delegation visited the President and requested the dismissal of General Grant for excessive drinking. Of course it was not for this, but in spite of it, that I have given you the command, Only those generals who gain successes, can set up dictators. President Lincoln’s primary concern was the conduct of the Civil War so it was natural that military leaders would be frequent visitors to the White House. Courtesy of the Library of Congress. Brooks D. Simpson in Frank J. Williams, William D. Pederson, and Vincent J. Marsala, editors. General Benjamin Butler was a perpetual thorn in the side of the Lincoln administration but unlike other thorns -such as Frémont—President Lincoln was unwilling to pull him out of the Union effort. Lincoln and his generals by Macartney, Clarence Edward Noble, 1879-1957. T. Harry Williams / LINCOLN AND HIS GENERALS 1952 Book Club. In Lincoln’s Generals, Gabor S. Boritt and a team of distinguished historians examine the interaction between Abraham Lincoln and his five key Civil War generals: McClellan, Hooker, Meade, Sherman, and Grant, providing fresh insight into this mixed bag of officers and the … $14.96. Lincoln and McClellan: The Troubled Partnership between a President and His General by Waugh, John C. and a great selection of related books, art and collectibles available now at AbeBooks.com. Lincoln and His Generals was the breakthrough book for Williams who had only written one book previously. The same went for Lincoln’s relationship with his generals. Similarly, it would have been foolish to alienate General Carl Schurz, who was a leading German-American Republican. This overlaps to some degree territory covered by Catton's recent Mr. Lincoln's Army (1950- P. 744), though the focus there is on the Army of the Potomac- and here the range of appraisal is wider. The Officers (Mr. Lincoln and Friends). Publication date 1925 Topics Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865, Generals Publisher Philadelphia : Dorrance and company Collection illinoishistoryandlincoln; university_of_illinois_urbana-champaign; americana Digitizing sponsor For example, General John Frémont had a major conflict with President Lincoln in the summer of 1861, but the former Republican presidential candidate rarely visited the White House. For the Lincoln administration, the risk of these tactical setbacks were exceeded by the political support amassed every day these popular figures were in uniform, revealing how political generals and their West Point peers were judged using different standards based on distinct calculations of political gain and military effectiveness.”1, Regardless of their political leanings or constituencies. About Lincoln and His Generals. Hunter’s ego was wounded by a presidential order in the fall of 1861 to take a command which he considered beneath his exalted rank. Historian Brooks D. Simpson has written: “Much has been made of Lincoln’s handling of Grant; less has been said about Grant’s handling of his relationship with the president, in which Grant displaced tact, political shrewdness, and an understanding of the nature of civil-military relations that did much to increase his influence with Lincoln. “Lincoln was a hands-on-commander in chief who persisted through a terrible ordeal of defeats and disappointments fo final triumph – and tragedy at the end.”5, Civil War Search Directory Like Sherman, General George Meade was a professional, West Point-trained soldier. Lincoln's telegrams to generals in the field were a turning point in military history, as they marked the first time a commander in chief could communicate, practically in … Download Lincoln And His Generals books, Since it was first published in 1952, Lincoln and His Generals has remained one of the definitive accounts of Lincoln’s wartime leadership. Founded by The Lehrman Institute. Beware of rashness, but with energy, and sleepless vigilance, go forward, and give us victories.” 4, When the generals did not live up to the President’s expectations, Mr. Lincoln changed them. Lincoln has been much criticized for the appointment of “political generals.” Historian Thomas J. Goss wrote:“Though much contemporary and historical attention has been placed upon these amateur commanders in the field and highlights their numerous tactical shortcomings, their assignment patterns demonstrate that political factors outweighed any military criteria in the administration’s judgment of their success. Photograph by Alexander Gardner, October 3, 1862. But it was not always the most important military leaders who came to the White House. General William T. Sherman, one of the Army’s two leading generals at the end of the Civil War, only visited the White House once. On the other hand, there was considerable sentiment among Radical Republicans in Congress that generals like McClellan and Fitz John Porter were too pro-Southern, too cautious and too poisoned by West Point to be effective in prosecuting the war. Bittersweet Harvest: Introduction/Introducción, Jamestown, Quebec, Santa Fe: Introducción, Jamestown, Québec, Santa Fe: Introduction, Treasures of American History: Introduction. Lincoln and His Generals Book Review Lincoln and His Generals is a book by Thomas Williams that focuses on the Civil War as being the first modern war and the way President Lincoln lead his divided nation during this dark historic time. His direct command experience was very limited but he, like Illinois’ John Pope, had the good sense to join President Lincoln’s inaugural entourage to Washington. Call Number: PGA - Jones & Clark--Lincoln and his generals (C size) [P&P] Medium: 1 print : lithograph. 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