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Carl Sandburg's Abraham Lincoln the War Years 1864-1865 (Carl Sandburg's Abraham Lincoln) Mass Market Paperback – 1974

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback
  • Publisher: Dell (1974)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000F9HJBO
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 4.2 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,387,368 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By James Gallen VINE VOICE on August 15, 2009
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"Abraham Lincoln: The War Years (1864-1865)" is the conclusion of Carl Sandburg's epic biography of his fellow Illinoisan.

The volume begins with the, now unbelievable question of whether Lincoln will be renominated. The war had lasted longer than anyone expected, victory was not yet in sight, he had virtually no Congressional support and rivals, including Sec. of the Treasury Salmon P. Chase and Gen. Ulysses S. Grant were available and, in Chase's case at least, willing. Sandburg covers all angles of issues of the day. He relates how Lincoln maneuvered his own renomination and substituted Andrew Johnson for Hanibal Hamlin for vice-president, all while maintaining a hands off appearance. Military victories and the soldier vote kept Lincoln in office where he was able to focus his attention on the completion of the war and the restoration of peace. As the Confederate hopes grew more desperate peace feelers were put out, leading to the Hampton Roads Conference which included Lincoln and his old friend, Confederate Vice-President Alexander Stephens. Although proceeding with malice for none and charity for all, the one thing that Lincoln would not concede, Southern independence, was the only terms on which the Confederates would negotiate. Although the Conference did not achieve peace, Lincoln's humanity is shown through in personal courtesies extended to Stephens. With the surrender of the Army of Northern Virginia, Lincoln made his triumphant entry into Richmond, a most courageous entry into conquered territory by an American leader, rivaled, perhaps, only by Gen. Douglas MacArthur's entry into Tokyo eighty years later.

The battles over reconstruction started during Lincoln's term.
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