MR. LINCOLN GOES TO WAR BY WILLIAM MARVEL

MR. LINCOLN GOES TO WAR
MR. LINCOLN GOES TO WAR
Item# ISBN 978-0618872411
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Historian Marvel takes up a controversy that could tip a Civil War roundtable into turmoil: assigning responsibility for starting the war. His thesis is that Lincoln bears much of the blame. Why? For refusing to acquiesce, during the secession crisis of 1860-61, to compromises such as extending the Missouri Compromise line, that is, slavery itself, to the Pacific coast, and ordering Fort Sumter to be held. Within this criticism of Lincoln's principles and judgment, Marvel describes and arraigns certain of Lincoln's actions as illegal--notably, preventing the border slave states of Maryland, Kentucky, and Missouri from joining the Confederacy. At this point, Lincoln recedes from Marvel's narrative and generals advance to the fore as the author chronicles the war's debut battles of Bull Run, Wilson's Creek, and Ball's Bluff. As self-proclaimed revisionism, Marvel's version of the Civil War's outbreak will spark vigorous debate. Hardcover 432 pages