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Abraham Lincoln
A Rare Spotlight on the Relationship Between Lincoln and Stanton The President demands information on army seizure of goods of a prominent Washington, while the Secretary of War brashly assumes the entire responsibility The President demands information on army seizure of goods of a prominent Washington, while the Secretary of War brashly assumes the entire responsibility
29/01/1863. <p>Lincoln had the rare quality of not taking opposition personally. During the Civil War, he was vilified more than any other public figure in American history, yet saw the issues as so great that they transcended any personal aspect. He bore no resentments because, as he said, he "never thought it paid." He appointed men to high office because he perceived that they would be useful to the war effort. When Gen. George B. McClellan was insufferably rude to him, he was willing to suffer the personal indignity if only McClellan would win. His most important civilian appointment shows this management principal in operation. Edwin Stanton had met Abraham Lincoln before the war when they had served as co-counsel in a famous lawsuit involving the McCormick reaper. Stanton, who had a reputation for being stern, imperious, hot-tempered and controlling, had snubbed him, and then ridiculed him publicly as a gorilla and an imbecile. But Lincoln saw Stanton as honest, dedicated and extremely competent. Carrying no grudges, he appointed Stanton to be Secretary of War, and it was a brilliant choice. The two men came to respect and even like each other as they worked together daily to achieve victory. Yet there were still frictions, and there has been much conjecture and much written about the precise nature of their relationship.</p><p>Stanton looked on the War Dept. as his fiefdom, and Lincoln had to be careful about how he dealt with military situations lest Stanton consider his actions interference. His letters and notes to Stanton are respectful, and for Stanton's part, … [Click Below for Full Description]
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