TO GIVE EVERYTHING
obvious conclusion when examining Lincoln’s life is that the Civil War and its
various qualities and ramifications both politically and personally, became the
ultimate focus of Lincoln’s life and endeavors. He walked into his first term
as President of the United States and stood figuratively at the edge of that
abyss for almost four years to the day.
personality became much more amplified as did his emotional expressions once he
arrived at the White House in the early spring of 1861. Not only did his
emotional responses become more evident, but as the Civil War lingered on, the
more a sense of spiritual reliance on God and an adherence to Biblical
principals became more evident in Lincoln’s life.
and his family were affected emotionally, spiritually, and even physically by
the constant impact and influences of the Civil War. Early in the war efforts
one of Lincoln’s closest friends, Edward Baker, was killed in a conflict in
October 1861. Lincoln had named his second son after Edward Baker. Lincoln got
the news and was absolutely distraught. The loss of every soldier meant something
to him, because that was his responsibility. Those men died because of orders
and policies that he had implemented.(quotes by Josh Shenk and Michael
must be noted that during the Civil War Lincoln was very willing to give
everything for the preservation of the Union, and ultimately he did. He set
forth the humanitarian ideals that gave meaning to the conflict and inspiration
to later generations.
lived and breathed the efforts of the war and his ultimate desire to preserve
the Union. Mr. Lincoln held to his personal convictions regarding slavery and
how democracy and slavery could not continue to exist in the same governmental
was not afraid of the sacrifice that was required of Him to win the war. He
spent hours in the local telegraph office waiting for both the good news and the
bad news of the various key military conflicts that he hoped would bring an end
to the war. Lincoln was considered by both the North and the South to be a very
strong leader who was known to not only push his own personal ability to
endure, but also the legal boundaries of military and civil compliance the very
edge so that the final outcome of each circumstance would be exactly as it was.
It was a very long and difficult four years of his life for Lincoln and those
Civil War ended when General Robert E. Lee surrendered to General Ulysses S.
Grant on April 9,1865 at Appomattox Courthouse, Virginia.
Yet the bloodshed was not completely over and the grief within the Lincoln household
would only intensify within a week. Both he and his family would soon come to
the realization that just because there has been a public surrender that
concludes a battle or war, the private aspirations of a single man and his
co-conspirators may and often do continue forward in a vain attempt to reignite
the passions of others who have conceded.
Vikram Lincoln (A&E Television
Networks 2009) DVD AAAE172190LT5
 Freidel, Frank Our Country’s Presidents (Washington,
DC, National Geographic Society, 1983) p.100
Robert K. The Civil War (Fort
Washington Pennsylvania, Eastern National, 2014) p.16