Abraham Lincoln's Leadership During The Civil War

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On November 6th, 1860 Abraham Lincoln was elected president. He was the first republican ever elected. He received 180 of 303 possible electoral votes and 40 percent of the popular vote. He was famous for his statement “The government cannot be half slave half free permanently.” He wasn’t for or against slavery. He just didn’t want it to spread into the Free states. After Lincolns’ failed attempt at convincing the slave states [the south] to stop slavery South Carolina, followed by Mississippi, Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana and Texas all seceded from the union on December 20th of the same year. They named their states the Confederate states of America. Their president, Jefferson Davis, was a former U.S.…show more content…
The best military officers the United States had to offer before the Civil war were from the South. Most of these leaders were southern born and when they left the Union, these soldiers went to fight for their home states. The military leadership of the South included many Mexican War veterans. The North’s leadership was inferior to the South. General Lee, Stonewall Jackson, Longstreet, Forest and Stuart were known as the kind of people who knew how to fight and made the best of bad situations. Many say the best officer the North had to offer was Officer Grant. At the beginning of the war, the South had better soldiers. Since they were fighting on their own soil they were more familiar with the land. The young soldiers of the South were supposedly used to more of an outdoor life, guns and horses. Which meant the slave states did know how to shoot, hunt and live…show more content…
The South could win by literally just outlasting the North’s advantages. Even though the North had soldiers in greater numbers, they had to leave more soldiers behind to secure their already owned land. Which became a weakness for them. The South thought slavery would be good for them. While the white men were fighting, the slaves had to continue laboring on farms or supporting the South’s war efforts. The typical Southern slave owner had maybe one or two slaves, and the typical white Southern male owned none. The men of the slave states were either, artisans, mechanics, or more frequently, a small farmer. This reality is very important in understanding why white Southerners went to war to defend slavery in 1861. The fear of slave rebellion distracted both the Southern slaveholder and the Northern invader. The Confederate government never used them as soldiers, but it did make them go into labor brigades to build fortifications, dig latrines, and haul supplies. As the war went on, Southern manpower shortages became more of a problem. Slaves quickly took advantage of the situation, slowing down their pace of labor and not following orders, The South imposed a Cotton embargo and many Southerners believed they could persuade European intervention in the war by refusing to grow or give

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