Learning Lincoln On-line
FROM-- SET TWO, CIVIL WAR STUDIES
(Topic Fifty: Abraham Lincoln Commanding the War Also with Topic Forty-Eight)
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Lincoln as Commander in Chief. A self-taught strategist with no combat experience, Abraham Lincoln saw the path to victory more clearly than his generals. Photo by Alexander Gardner in the Smithsonian
INTRODUCTION TO THIS CIVIL WAR UNIT
The American Civil War, 1861-1865, was the most horrific years of our history. Whole towns would lose all their young men in one battle. Can you imagine the condition of the American people when they would read of thousands killed in a single battle? Abraham Lincoln is probably the most written-about person in history next to Jesus Christ and William Shakespeare. This short activity is to introduce the Civil War history student to how the war developed: not necessarily details or a timeline, as such, but general statements and thoughts. This introductory activity can help to develop a mind-set about the detail studies to follow.
Here is a Contents Table to direct you to the sections of the activity/introduction.