By L-Cmdr Michael S. Trench
This is a research of the effectiveness of Abraham Lincoln and Jefferson Davis as Commanders in leader in the course of the Civil battle. It starts off through evaluating their backgrounds sooner than assuming the Presidency; then evaluating their army concepts and command buildings. the ultimate region of comparability is their involvement within the first army draft in American heritage. Davis had large govt and army adventure, yet exhibited character characteristics early on that later hampered his functionality as a war-time Commander in leader. Lincoln had little or no event, yet excelled at facing humans. Lincoln attempted a number of employees preparations ahead of ultimately appointing furnish as normal in leader. Davis replaced his constitution little or no during the battle. even if he appointed Lee as normal in leader within the first 12 months, he misplaced his companies via putting him accountable for a box military. either confronted powerful demanding situations from a robust governor over the draft. Davis first attempted to win over the...
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Extra resources for Abraham Lincoln and Jefferson Davis. A Comparison of Civil War Commanders in Chief
Lincoln had very little experience, but excelled at dealing with people. Lincoln tried several staff arrangements before finally appointing Grant as General in Chief. Davis changed his structure very little throughout the war. Although he appointed Lee as General in Chief in the first year, he lost his services by placing him in command of a field army. Both faced strong challenges from a powerful governor over the draft. Davis first tried to win over the governor, then appealed directly to the people.
Their military strategies can be examined considering their different goals, and effectiveness measured by how well they addressed these goals. Examination of the strategies themselves is not sufficient, however; the methods they used to communicate this down the chain of command are equally important if not more so. Each man tried different combinations of staffs and command structures throughout the war; examining this process is important to determining their effectiveness as Commanders in Chief.
These were men much like Davis himself; mostly wealthy men who brought their slaves with them, and rode into battle wearing red shirts, white pants, and black hats. They were, however, excellent marksmen, and Davis ensured they were outfitted with the latest in percussion rifles. He was a stern disciplinarian, but his men were devoted to him. He first led them in action under his former father-in-law, General Zachary Taylor, at the Battle of Monterey. Davis and the First Mississippi Rifles were involved in the storming of Fort Teneria and Fort Diablo.