A Man of Honor Essay

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A Man of Honor

Though Douglas won the senatorial election, Lincoln had made his mark by the debates; he
was now a potential presidential candidate. His first appearance in the East was in Feb.,
1860, when he spoke at Cooper Union in New York City. He gained a large following in the
antislavery states, but his nomination for President by the Republican convention in
Chicago (May, 1860) was as much due to the opposition to William H. Seward , the leading
contender, as to Lincoln's own appeal. He was nominated on the third ballot. In the
election the Democratic party split; Lincoln was opposed by Douglas (Northern Democrat),
John C. Breckinridge (Southern Democrat), and John Bell (Constitutional Unionist). Lincoln
was elected with a minority of the popular vote.


To the South, Lincoln's election was the signal for secession. All compromise plans, such
as that proposed by John J. Crittenden , failed, and by the time of Lincoln's inauguration
seven states had seceded. The new President, determined to preserve the Union at all
costs, condemned secession but promised that he would not initiate the use of force. After
a slight delay, however, he did order the provisioning of Fort Sumter , and the South
chose to regard this as an act of war. On Apr. 12, 1861, Fort Sumter was fired upon, and
the Civil War began.


Although various criticisms have been leveled against him, it is generally agreed that
Lincoln attacked the vast problems of the war with vigor and surpassing skill. He
immediately issued a summons to the militia (an act that precipitated the secession of
four more Southern states), ordered a blockade of Confederate ports, and suspended habeas
corpus. The last action provoked much criticism, but Lincoln adhered to it, ignoring a
circuit court ruling against him in the Merryman Case (see Merryman, ex parte ). In the
course of the war, Lincoln further extended his executive powers, but in general he
exercised those powers with restraint. He was beset not only by the difficulties of the
war, but by opposition from men on his own side. His cabinet was rent by internal
jealousies and hatred; radical abolitionists condemned him as too mild; conservatives were
gloomy over the prospects of success in the war.


In the midst of all this strife, Lincoln continued his course, sometimes almost alone,
with wisdom and patience. The progress of battle went against the North at first. Lincoln
himself made some bad military decisions (e.g., in ordering the direct advance into
Virginia that resulted in the Union defeat at the first battle of Bull Run ), and he ran
through a succession of commanders in chief before he found Ulysses S. Grant . In the
early stages of the war Lincoln revoked orders by John C. Fremont and David Hunter freeing
the slaves in their military departments. However, the Union victory at Antietam gave him
a position of strength from which to issue his own Emancipation Proclamation .


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