Lincoln, the Cabinet, and the Generals

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LSU Press, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 357 pages
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While numerous accounts exist of President Abraham Lincoln's often-troubled dealings with either his cabinet or his generals, Chester G. Hearn's illuminating history provides the first broad synthesis of Lincoln's complex relationship with both groups. As such, it casts new light on much of the behind-the-scenes interplay, intrigue, and sparring between the president and his advisors and military commanders during the most precarious years of the Civil War. Based on over a decade of research, Lincoln, the Cabinet, and the Generals offers both a fresh perspective on and a new interpretation of Lincoln's presidency -- one that reveals the leadership genius as well as the imperfections of America's sixteenth president.

 

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Contents

1 Make no contracts
1
2 Your troubles are over
17
3 They have gambled me
25
4 I cant afford to let Seward
39
5 If this must be done
49
6 The president is the best
62
7 The fat is all in the fire
74
8 The bottom is out of the tub
86
15 Blood can not restore blood
173
16 This nation under God
185
17 What can I do
198
18 I will fight it out
209
19 It was best to not swap
222
20 I begin to see it
236
21 What is the Presidency worth
249
22 It shows how sound and how strong
261

9 I cant spare this man
96
10 If I could save the Union
108
11 In my position
120
12 If there is a worse place
133
13 My God my God what will
146
14 Grant is my man
159
23 It made my heart jump
274
24 Now he belongs to the ages
286
NOTES
301
BIBLIOGRAPHY
335
INDEX
345
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About the author (2010)

Chester G. Hearn is the author of Six Years of Hell: Harpers Ferry During the Civil War; When the Devil Came Down to Dixie: Ben Butler in New Orleans; The Capture of New Orleans, 1862; and Ellet's Brigade: The Strangest Outfit of All. He lives in Erie, Pennsylvania.