Union Essay

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Examining how Abraham Lincoln Saved the Union Mourners of Abraham Lincoln’s death were not wrong in declaring him the “Savior of the Union.” His primary goal as president was to preserve the Union at any cost. Though “Honest Abe” may not have been particularly well educated on the subject of war when he entered the White House, he took time to study and learn it well. After recognizing that the Union was too feeble to fight in more than one war, he peacefully resolved any potential conflicts. By doing this the president was able to focus all his attention on the preservation of the Union. Through hard thinking and determination Lincoln was also able to formulate numerous ideas that led to a victory for the North. Lincoln was not about to let a Civil War split the Union apart. When Lincoln first entered the White House in March of 1861 he had little knowledge of how successful he was to become. Most of his success can be credited to his determination to preserve the Union. He explained, “Life and limb must be protected; yet often a limb must be amputated to save a life; but a life is never wisely given to save a limb” (333). He was willing to do whatever needed to be done in order to save the Union. For instance, during the war Lincoln allowed any officer in command to suspend the writ of habeas corpus if necessary in order to deal with rebels. This suspension became extremely controversial because this writ gave everyone the right to due process in court and was guaranteed in the constitution. When confronted about this decision, Lincoln explained that he was more willing to let one law go unexecuted than to lose the Union. Lincoln’s determination also shows itself through his thoughtful reasoning. He recognized the need for action against seceding states, but did not want the North to be the aggressor in this conflict. In the early morning of April 12,

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