Matt’s Book Blog reviewed Lincoln’s Men: How President Lincoln Became Father to an Army and a Nation by William C. Davis for the U.S. Civil War Reading Challenge 2011. Here’s an excerpt:
This is an excellent book for readers interested in Lincoln, the Civil War or more generally, morale among soldiers. Davis takes an in-depth examination of the relationship between the troops and Lincoln as the commander-in-chief and father figure of the Union Army and Navy.
Davis quotes from soldier’s personal letters, journals and manuscripts. Sometimes Davis cites more information in support of his point than he needs, but the anecdotes were so interesting that they kept me interested. Davis builds a persuasive case that although Lincoln was only a solider for 90 days during the Black Hawk War of 1832, he used that first-hand experience to give him insight into the problems and concerns of privates, volunteer officers and military discipline over a fractious, independent-minded population.
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