Lincoln and Leadership
Military, Political, and Religious Decision Making
Publication Year: 2012
Published by: Fordham University Press
Series: The North's Civil War
Title Page, Copyright Page
Th is collection of essays derives from a conference on “Lincoln and Leadership,” sponsored by the Abraham Lincoln Foundation of the Union League of Philadelphia and held on April 18, 2009, as part of the bicentennial of Lincoln’s birth. Th e conference filled a large room to overflowing, as scholars, teachers, students, and the public crowded in for a day to hear presentations by prominent students of...
1 Lincoln and Leadership:An Introduction
Over a half-century ago, the eminent historian David Donald observed that Americans have been trying to “get right with Lincoln” since his death and predicted that trying to do so would continue thereafter.1 He was right on both counts, as any sampling of the enormous and continuing cascade of literature on the man and his meaning will attest. Donald wrote and...
2 Sowing the Wind and Reaping the Whirlwind
Any consideration of Abraham Lincoln as a war president must attempt to contrast image with historical reality. When it comes to Lincoln, of course, there is no shortage of images. Our conception of this fascinating, contradictory man has been shaped by a mountain of books and articles, as well as numerous works from photographers, painters, sculptors, poets, playwrights,...
3 Seeing Lincoln’s Blind Memorandum
A few days aft er his reelection on Tuesday, November 8, 1864, President Abraham Lincoln made a startling revelation to his inner circle. According to the diary of aide John Hay, the president “took out a paper from his desk” at the Friday morning cabinet meeting, and said, ‘Gentleman do you remember last summer I asked you all to sign your names to the back of a paper...
4 Abraham Lincoln as Moral Leader
This chapter addresses the subject of Abraham Lincoln as a moral leader in the context of both the Civil War and nineteenth-century standards of morality. Such a topic, if handled thoroughly, would require an entire book addressing such themes as just-war planning for Civil War campaigns, just-war conduct, treatment of civilians and of prisoners of war, slavery and racism,...
5 Lincoln and Leadership: An Afterword
Shortly aft er his arrival in Washington in late February 1861, Abraham Lincoln was confronted by an anxious delegation from a national peace conference that was even at that late moment hoping to head off the national gallop toward civil war. They were not unfriendly; many of the conference’s members were, like Lincoln, old-time Whigs from the Upper South and the border...