Accession Number : ADA299295

Title :   Abraham Lincoln and Jefferson Davis: A Comparison of Civil War Commanders in Chief.

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis, 1 Aug 94-2 Jun 95,

Corporate Author : ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS

Personal Author(s) : Trench, Michael S.

PDF Url : ADA299295

Report Date : 02 JUN 1995

Pagination or Media Count : 140

Abstract : This is a study of the effectiveness of Abraham Lincoln and Jefferson Davis as Commanders in Chief during the Civil War. It begins by comparing their backgrounds prior to assuming the Presidency; then comparing their military strategies and command structures. The final area of comparison is their involvement in the first military draft in American history. Davis bad extensive government and military experience, but exhibited personality traits early on that later hampered his performance as a war-time Commander in Chief. Lincoln had very little experience, but excelled at dealing with people. Lincoln tried -several staff arrangements before finally appointing Grant as General in Chief. Davis changed his structure very little throughout the war. Although he appointed Lee as General in Chief in the first year, he lost his services by placing him in command of a field army. Both faced strong challenges from a powerful governor over the draft. Davis first tried to win over the governor, then appealed directly to the people. Lincoln publicly kept distant fran the draft and worked behind the scenes.

Descriptors :   *MILITARY HISTORY, *COMPARISON, *PRESIDENT(UNITED STATES), *MILITARY COMMANDERS, *PERSONALITY, WARFARE, MILITARY STRATEGY, THESES, FIELD ARMY.

Subject Categories : Government and Political Science
      Psychology
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE