Lincoln and Stanton: A Study of the War Administration of 1861 and 1862, with Special Consideration of Some Recent Statements of Gen. Geo. B. McClellan
G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1885 - 88 頁
In 1885, when former commander of the Army of the Potomac George Brinton McClellan published a criticism of the Lincoln administration's interference with McClellan's prosecution of the American Civil War, former U.S. Representative William Kelley was incensed.
In this long-forgotten book, Kelley takes McClellan to task in detail. Considered one of the most honest and hard-working members of Congress during the Civil War, Kelley used official war documents, statements from surviving participants, and his own memory of his time as a founder of the Republican party and friend of Abraham Lincoln to make his compelling case.
Ulysses S. Grant stated after his presidency, "McClellan is to me one of the mysteries of the war." Yet Grant had sympathy for what McClellan's burdens were early in the war.
He remains so today. Brilliant, vain, and insubordinate, his stature was forever tarnished by his early mistakes and failures to strike decisive blows.
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第 84 頁 - In my opinion, it will not cease until a crisis shall have been reached and passed. 'A house divided against itself cannot stand.' I believe this government cannot endure permanently half slave and half free. I do not expect the Union to be dissolved. I do not expect the house to fall, but I do expect it will cease to be divided. It will become all one thing, or all the other.
第 84 頁 - I do not expect the house to fall, but I do expect it will cease to be divided. It will become all one thing, or all the other. Either the opponents of slavery will arrest the further spread of it, and place it where the public mind shall rest in the belief that it is in the course of ultimate extinction; or its advocates will push it forward till it shall become alike lawful in all the States, old as well as new, North as well as South.
第 84 頁 - We are now far into the fifth year since a policy was initiated with the avowed object and confident promise of putting an end to slavery agitation. Under the operation of that policy, that agitation has not only not ceased but has constantly augmented. In my opinion it will not cease until a crisis shall have been reached and passed. ' A house divided against itself cannot stand.
第 51 頁 - You will do me the justice to remember I always insisted that going down the bay in search of a field, instead of fighting at or ne'ar Manassas, was only shifting, and not surmounting, a difficulty; that we would find the same enemy, and the same or equal intrenchments, at either place.
第 61 頁 - And I do hereby enjoin upon and order all persons engaged in the military and naval service of the United States to observe, obey, and enforce, within their respective spheres of service, the act and sections above recited. And the Executive will in due time recommend that all citizens of the United States who shall have remained loyal thereto throughout the rebellion shall...
第 60 頁 - Unless the principles governing the future conduct of our struggle shall be made known and approved, the effort to obtain requisite forces will be almost hopeless. A declaration of radical views, especially upon slavery, will rapidly disintegrate our present armies.
第 60 頁 - I, ABRAHAM LINCOLN, President of the United States of America, and Commander-in-chief of the Army and Navy thereof, do hereby proclaim and declare that hereafter, as heretofore, the war will be • prosecuted for the object of practically restoring the constitutional relation between the United States and each of the states, and the people thereof, in which that relation is, or may be, suspended or disturbed.
第 84 頁 - If we could first know where we are, and whither we are tending, we could better judge what to do, and how to do it.