Tried by War

Abraham Lincoln goes in to history books as one of the most powerful leaders across the globe. His style of leadership did not command a lot of military powers and hence gave his military commanders the mandate to execute their plans regarding security without necessarily requiring his intervention (McPherson, 2008).  Abraham gradually studied military leadership strategies from his meticulous scholar quality and eventually became the best military leader with exquisite knowledge on military leadership than all his commanders. As McPherson argues, Abraham is not one of the so called “natural strategists” he however had the zeal, knowledge and dedication to study particular subjects of interest with incredible hard work to become the best that every existed. Abraham’s approach to leadership entailed conversion of the subjects’ faith such that these subjects had exclusive trust in his leadership skills and strategies using realistic approaches other than propaganda (McPherson, 2008).

Constitutionally, the president is the commander in chief of the army and navy and hence he has to have extensive knowledge on military matters (McPherson, 2008). The prolonged war of 1861 sanctioned President Lincoln to actively invoke the military role the commander in chief of the armed forces.  After realizing that his military commanders completely lacked the key to end the war and preferred violence to curb this war; President Lincoln chose to  communicate directly with the  boots on ground through telegraphs to  give directives and  encourage aggression has the perfect way to root out confederacy (McPherson, 2008). He brought in the direct leadership quality and advocated for aggression by the troops after noticing that Maj. Gen. Henry W. Halleck did not own the aggressive quality to deal with the incumbent threat of confederacy.



To protect America, this particular president was actively with field commanders and as the chief in commander gave frequent direct order to these commanders without any shred of fear. According to Lincoln, the liberation policy was a project of the rebels and hence he disowned this policy and freed the slaves in the rebellious southern states as part of his executive powers as the commander in chief of the army and the navy (McPherson, 2008). The agenda of the rebels was to use the slaves as rebel manpower. Lincoln’s approach overthrew this agenda and transformed it into a battle for the freedom of these slaves and hence crippling the efforts of the rebels.

Being the strategic nerd Lincoln purposed to secure his territory by developing a strategic military plan. He developed three prime bases of military actions In Northern Virginia, Tennessee and Mississippi river. Being the transformational leader, Lincoln vouched for the perfect army general Maj. Gen. Ulysses. S. Grant. (McPherson, 2008) The new major understood clearly that the only way of ending the crisis was to completely incapacitate the confederate center of gravity other than occupying the confederate zones with military personnel. His style of leadership revolutionized the military in such a positive way that every commander had the zeal and confidence to employ the  direct orders communicated from their commander in chief  via telegraphs other than relying inferior military tactic offered by the generals.

Lincoln brought the culture of civilian leadership war times and suspended the writ of habeas corpus on the grounds that the public safety and security was superior to any other priority. The commander in chief of the army and the navy has to lead from the front line and hence Lincoln suspended the thoughts of habeas corpus to safe the American dream (McPherson, 2008).





McPherson, J.M. (2008). Tried by War.  Lincoln as commander in chief. Penguin Press.


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