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1.  Evaluate Lincoln's major strengths and weaknesses as a wartime leader.  Summarize the major crises and decisions he faced.  Strengths:
1) Clarity of vision. He wanted to save the union first and foremost but some of his staff and generals couldn't "get" it. Read how angry he got when one general chased the CSA to the Potomac and then stopped, stating "We have run the rebels from our country". That general did not understand that it was ALL "our" country. 2) Strength of character. Lincoln had a great deal of confidence in himself and his abilities. Though relatively uneducated, he knew who he was and where he wanted to go. 3) Though he never personally stated a specificity or denominationalality in his religious beliefs, he still deeply believed in an Almighty God.

Weaknesses:
1) He allowed his wife to nearly ruin and scandalize him
2) He appointed or was forced to appoint political generals who couldn't fight their way out of a paper bag 3) Though not his fault, he suffered great bouts of depression. Having said that, he deserved to be depressed. He had one son die before he became president, one while he was president, a wife who was a borderline personality, and people in his own government who called him an ape and an imbecile behind his back.

He served in the Illinois General Assembly for eight years and in the U.S. House of Representatives for one term (1847-49) before his election as the nation's first Republican president in 1860. As president he is best remembered for leading the Union through the Civil War and freeing Confederate slaves with the 1863 Emancipation Proclamation; for delivering the Gettysburg Address, the most famous oration in American history, on 19 November 1863; and for his tragic assassination by John Wilkes Booth at Ford's Theater in Washington, D.C. Upon Lincoln's death 2. How would you compare Lincoln to our current president in the numerous conflicts we are involved in within the Middle East?   Mr. Obama’s struggle...
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