By Louise Chipley Slavicek
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To his staff ’s dismay, Lincoln was determined to meet every one of them. “They do not want much, and they get very little,” he declared. ” Lincoln also believed that his visits with private citizens helped him gauge public opinion on the war and other critical issues. q 6/19/03 11:11 PM Page 56 ABRAHAM LINCOLN The First Lady loved to wear expensive clothing and jewelry and had a fondness for costly furnishings. ” Although Lincoln’s relations with the northern masses were generally positive during the early months of his administration, his relations with his cabinet were less satisfactory.
When McClellan finally began his push toward Richmond in earnest on June 25, the Army of the Potomac found itself caught in seven days of intense fighting against a formidable enemy. By the end of these “Seven Days’ Battles,” the federal forces had been turned back. q 6/19/03 11:11 PM Page 61 “TO SAVE THE UNION” John Pope to be the new commander for the army in northern Virginia and scholarly Henry “Old Brains” Halleck to be the new general in chief for all the Union armies. Although Pope was certainly more aggressive than McClellan, his crushing defeat at the Second Battle of Bull Run in August 1862 convinced Lincoln to give McClellan one more chance with the Army of the Potomac.
Q 6/19/03 11:11 PM Page 61 “TO SAVE THE UNION” John Pope to be the new commander for the army in northern Virginia and scholarly Henry “Old Brains” Halleck to be the new general in chief for all the Union armies. Although Pope was certainly more aggressive than McClellan, his crushing defeat at the Second Battle of Bull Run in August 1862 convinced Lincoln to give McClellan one more chance with the Army of the Potomac. With his multi-front plan in danger of collapsing altogether, however, Lincoln decided he must take a bigger role in steering Northern strategy.
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