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Abraham Lincoln (Great American Presidents) by Louise Chipley Slavicek

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In the wake of this humiliating event, Lincoln ordered General George B. McClellan, a skilled organizer and administrator, to take charge of the main Union army, the Army of the Potomac. q 6/19/03 11:11 PM Page 55 “TO SAVE THE UNION” composed a memorandum on military policy that called for tightening the naval blockade on the South and recruiting and training long-term volunteers. When the forces were ready, a three-pronged offensive down the Mississippi River, in Tennessee, and in Virginia would be launched to overwhelm the Confederates with larger forces on several fronts at the same time.

Q 6/19/03 11:13 PM Page 46 ABRAHAM LINCOLN John C. Breckinridge of Kentucky and the Northerners nominated Stephen Douglas. Once trusted by slaveholders, Douglas had gravely offended them when he stated in one of his debates with Lincoln that slavery, which Southerners liked to think of as a humane institution, could not exist “a day or an hour anywhere” without the rigorous backing of the local police. ” They printed handbills and organized big parades and rallies to promote their man, but Lincoln himself stayed at home in Springfield in keeping with the long-standing custom that presidential candidates did not campaign for themselves.

Confederacy. C. circumstances. , on February 23, 1861, seven states — South Carolina, Mississippi, Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, and Texas — had already formed their own government, the Confederate States of America, with Jefferson Davis as president. Four other states of the upper South—Virginia, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Arkansas— appeared on the verge of seceding, and disunion sentiment was strong in three border slave states — Kentucky, Missouri, and Maryland. q 6/19/03 11:11 PM Page 51 “TO SAVE THE UNION” In this artist’s rendering from Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper, Jefferson Davis, who was elected president of the Confederate States of America, addresses the people of Montgomery, Alabama on February 16, 1861.

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