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John Y. Simon, Harold Holzer, and Dawn Vogel

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780823227365

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823227365.001.0001

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Lincoln and His Admirals

Lincoln and His Admirals

(p.195) CHAPTER 12 Lincoln and His Admirals
Lincoln Revisited

John Y. Simon

Harold Holzer

Dawn Vogel

Fordham University Press

In 1952, T. Harry Williams published a book that has since become a classic in Civil War military history, and which remains in print to this day. It is titled Lincoln and His Generals, and in it Williams posits that Abraham Lincoln was, in his words, “a great natural strategist, a better one than any of his generals.” This chapter examines Lincoln's relationship with two of his admirals: David Dixon Porter and Samuel Francis Du Pont. Such an examination yields a useful comparison. One man started off on as bad a footing with Lincoln as can be imagined, but then overcame his bad start to earn Lincoln's approbation and support. The other started out with every possible advantage, but disappointed Lincoln and eventually found himself dismissed.

Keywords:   T. Harry Williams, Lincoln, generals, Abraham Lincoln, admirals, David Dixon Porter, Samuel Francis Du Pont, strategist, Civil War

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