Abraham Lincoln: An Extraordinary Life
The first years of the war were full of horror and frustration. Union forces appeared incapable of sustaining a successful campaign. The Confederate army, with fewer resources, had repelled Union advances and maintained a threat against Washington, D.C. Amid so many deaths and so little progress, many of Lincoln’s closest allies questioned his ability to oversee the war.
—Attorney General Edward Bates, December 31, 1861