Mr. Lincoln Goes to War

William Marvel


Mr. Lincoln Goes to War

Mr. Lincoln Goes to War

  • Title: Mr. Lincoln Goes to War
  • Author: William Marvel
  • ISBN: 9780618872411
  • Page: 374
  • Format: Paperback



This groundbreaking work of history investigates the mystery of how the Civil War began, reconsidering the big question Was it inevitable William Marvel vividly depicts President Lincoln s tumultuous first year in office, from his inauguration through the rising crisis of secession and the first several months of the war Drawing on original sources, Marvel suggests thatThis groundbreaking work of history investigates the mystery of how the Civil War began, reconsidering the big question Was it inevitable William Marvel vividly depicts President Lincoln s tumultuous first year in office, from his inauguration through the rising crisis of secession and the first several months of the war Drawing on original sources, Marvel suggests that Lincoln not only missed opportunities to avoid conflict with the South but actually fanned the flames of war Then he wittingly violated the Constitution in his effort to preserve the Union.With a keen eye for the telling detail on the battlefield as well as in the White House William Marvel delivers a satisfying revisionist history of Lincoln and the early days of the Civil War.


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William Marvel takes some fresh angles on the initiation and early execution of the Civil War. He examines the question of whether or not war was inevitable, and he argues that Union executed many unjustified abuses of power that were not constitutional. He highlights the early occupation of Baltimore, the turmoil that Lyon caused in Missouri, and the ruining of Brigadier General Stone in the aftermath of the Ball Buff fiasco. Marvel is highly critical of President Lincoln and his Cabinet. He ar [...]

Mr. Marvel is a revisionist military historian and possibly Southern. He has a very critical view of Lincoln's first year in office when he declared war and called up an army after the South fired on Fort Sumter. He proffers many excuses as to why the South should have been allowed to secede and ridicules Lincoln's call for union. I certainly don't agree with this argument. I did find his description of battles not far from DC at Manassas and Bull Run in 1861 quite interesting. I read a few Linc [...]

Through a painstaking perusal of primary documents, Marvel shows how Lincoln instigated and poorly administered a war that left 600,000 Americans dead and another 400,000 severely maimed. This included the imprisonment of thousands without cause, the wanton destruction of newspapers, and the suspension of free elections---in states that remained loyal to the Union. Marvel uses the case of Brigadier General Charles Stone (hardly the most egregious example) to highlight the terror and paranoia tha [...]

Much of the book covers the extra-Constitutional powers the Lincoln administration took upon itself in the first year of the war to limit dissention, especially in two of the three neutral states of Maryland and Missour, including closing down newspapers, stealing elections and cancelling habeas corpus. A compelling look at an otherwise underexamined aspect of the Lincoln administration, especially at the dawning of the War. A must read for anyone interested in examining the political side of th [...]

A very strange book. On the positive side, it does highlight some little covered political actions at the beginning of the war to prevent anti-war groups from gaining power, especially in Maryland. How ever, one gets the impression when reading this book that the author believes that Lincoln erred by not allowing the south to secede from the Union. While it can be logically argued that Lincoln and his advisers erred in many areas during this period, its impossible to believe that history would h [...]

it's very well written and objective to the point of being courageous but i cannot slog through the excruciating detail on every skirmish.

Not so much about Lincoln, it is a good lively recounting of battles in the first year, many of which took place with a couple dozen miles of where I live.


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