Evolution of Lincoln And Davis

From the start of the war to the middle of the war both Lincoln and Davis’s war strategies evolved. Unlike Lincoln, Davis had more military experience because of his education from West Point. On November 18, 1861, Davis gave a message to the Confederate Congress in which he praised the Confederacy for there early victories in the war. However, he acknowledged that the Union did have more resources, supplies, and a larger army than the Confederacy.[1] Lincoln’s lack of military experience did affect the Union at the start of the war. In response to the Confederate victories at the start of the war Lincoln came up with better military strategies for example, he called for more volunteer forces, a more effect blockade, and better training for soldiers. [2]. At the start of the war Davis was fighting the war for states rights. As the war progressed Davis fought for slavery, which was justified because the Constitution gave people the right to property people which allowed them to have slaves; because slaves are property[3]. Lincoln first fought the war to preserve the United States, and then to abolish slavery. According to Lincoln slavery was not legal because Slaves are people, and the constitution states that all men are created equal[4].

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Lincoln and Davis 

[1] Davis, Jefferson, and William J. Cooper. Jefferson Davis: The Essential Writings. New York: Modern Library, 2003, pg. 217-222.

[2] Lincoln, Abraham, and William E. Gienapp. This Fiery Trial: The Speeches and Writings of Abraham Lincoln. New York: Oxford University Press, 2002, pg. 107-108.

[3] Davis, Jefferson, and William J. Cooper. Jefferson Davis: The Essential Writings. New York: Modern Library, 2003, pg. 153-156.

[4] Lincoln, Abraham, and William E. Gienapp. This Fiery Trial: The Speeches and Writings of Abraham Lincoln. New York: Oxford University Press, 2002, pg. 39-42.

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