- Lincoln's Generals
Abraham Lincoln: An Extraordinary Life
Lincoln replaced generals and changed the command structure of the army several times before he finally selected Ulysses S. Grant to take command. He had gained Lincoln’s confidence after winning crucial victories at Vicksburg, Mississippi, and elsewhere in the West. In Grant, Lincoln had finally found a general who would muster the full strength of the Union army against the Confederacy.
Photograph by Alexander Gardner, October 3, 1862. Courtesy of the Library of Congress.
Lincoln and McClellan
Lincoln and McClellan never developed a trusting relationship. When McClellan failed to pursue the Confederate army retreating after the Battle of Antietam in 1862, Lincoln removed him from command. This photograph shows Lincoln and McClellan in the general’s tent at Antietam, Maryland, about two weeks after the battle.
Gift of Julia Dent Grant and William H. Vanderbilt, 1887
Harper’s Weekly, March 26, 1864
Lincoln presenting commission
—Abraham Lincoln, at the dedication of the cemetery at Gettysburg, November 19, 1863