was shaped by the problems and fortunes of civil war. As president, he was the head
of all administration agencies and commander in chief of the armies. On him the
criticisms for inefficiency in administration and failure in battle fell first.
Radicals in Congress were soon demanding a reorganization of his Cabinet and a new
set of generals to lead his armies. He let the dissatisfied congressmen air their
views and in the end withdraw in confusion. To the critics of Gen. George McClellan,
he pointed to the army this general had created, relieved him when he failed, but
brought him back to serve until better men had been developed. Meanwhile Lincoln
himself studied military books. He correctly evaluated Gen. Ulysses S. Grant and
Gen. William T. Sherman and the importance of the western campaign.
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