Category - Civil War

Commanding the Union in the Civil War

Lincoln personally selected commanders based on their military expertise instead of their political alliance. He did the same for policy making, promoting Union instead of Disunion. He tried to build consensus between Republicans and Democrats.

Emancipation Proclamation

“In giving freedom to the slave, we assure freedom to the free”. Emancipation on grounds of military policy not on principle It was Benjamin Franklin in 1790 who first addressed Congress in his famous “Petition from the Pennsylvania...

Conscription

This new act replaced the previous Militia Act of 1862. It called for all males between the ages of 20 to 45 for service instead of assigning quotas to each state.

Reconstruction

Reconstruction started by asserting power in Confederate lands by setting appointed military governors and replacing existing Confederate governments.