He once believed that these actions were injustice, but in the end of his presidency he left with this act placed upon America, like a stamp indicating his changed self. Jefferson in the beginning of his presidency was a man with Democratic-Republican blood running through his veins. He lived only by the Constitution’s words, giving the states the power and having no debt or unreasonable excises, but as his presidency went on his philosophies merged with those of Federalists, and he had to do what he thought was best for his country. He did things he desperately needed to, accepting unconstitutional purchases of land, placing injustice acts upon his citizens, and enlarging the navy. If he had stuck to his Democratic-Republican ideas and not taken necessary actions, America would not have ever come as far along as it did during Jefferson’s presidency.
Finally, Lincoln believed that transforming the dispute from a conflict to preserve the Union to a crusade against slavery would dissuade the threatening British and French from supporting the Confederacy. With its new stated purpose, the Civil War would now have huge societal repercussions. The largest and most complex issue of Reconstruction was how to go about admitting the Confederate states back into the Union. President Lincoln’s plans were quite lenient, accepting the seceded states back into the Union even if by vote only a minority of a state’s white males took an oath of loyalty to the United States. However, John Wilkes Booth assassinated him before any of his plans could go into action.
“I worked night and day for twelve years to prevent the war, but I could not. The North was mad and blind, would not let us govern ourselves, and so the war came” (Thinkexist 6). These words were spoken by Jefferson Davis, the president of the Confederate States of America. Although he was president of the confederacy, he was opposed to secession and spoke for peace between north and south before the beginning of the war. The effects of Jefferson Davis’s accomplishments can still be felt today.
One in every four Soldiers engaged during the battle were killed, wounded, captured, or recorded as missing. The Battle of Antietam did not only end the Confederate’s first invasion into the North, it was also a turning point that allowed Abraham Lincoln to issue the preliminary Emancipation Proclamation (NPS Maryland). General Lee, commanding officer of the Confederate Army, desired to invade the North for several reasons. Many of his reasons for this invasion included taking pressure off the Shenandoah Valley—"The Breadbasket of the Confederacy"—at harvest time; heartening European support for the Confederacy by winning a battle in the North; and demoralizing Northerners to diminish their support for the war in hopes to encourage the slave-holding state of Maryland to join the Confederacy (Alexander, 2006). Days before the battle, on September 3, 1982 General Robert E. Lee, commanding General for the Confederate Army of North Virginia, authored a letter to President Jefferson Davis stating “The present seems to be the most propitious time since the commencement of the war for the Confederate Army to enter Maryland”.
The crisis of one nation going to war against one another, including the millions of men risking their lives for the sake of their country. Abraham Lincoln managed to take risks throughout his presidency, in which possibly losing the loyalty of border states and conflicts within congress. The compassion words and wisdom of Abraham Lincoln lead the union victory, and reforms American society. Under the leadership of Abraham Lincoln, he managed to defend, protect, and preserve the Consitution, as well of accomplishing the goal of abolishing slavery, and maintaing land. A majority of Republicans controlled Congress, since the North had the higher number of votes unlike the South.
From that moment forward, the Northern troops went on to conquer the south, where they finally surrendered in April 1865.[?] The war that was once thought to be completely avoidable, turned into the exact opposite and that much worse. The American Civil War was the most bloodied American war costing over 600,000 lives, more casualties than the Revolutionary War, Mexican War, World War I and II, and the Korean War combined. This war will forever be known as the most significant event in American history.
Lincoln also passed through congress the most monumental piece of legislation for social change in our history. As social and economic differences plagued our nation, Lincoln sought above all else to preserve the Union. As the south seceded from the Union, became the Confederate States, and the Civil War began ‘Honest Abe' held onto his goal. With fighting resolve through the battles of Bull Run, Antietam, and Gettysburg Lincoln switched generals seeking the best leaders for his troops. He then appointed Ulysses S. Grant who led the Northern armies to victory and enabled President Lincoln to preserve the Union.
However, when a majority of the Republicans party came around to view that freeing the slaves was necessary to the war effort, Lincoln found a way to comply with their wishes while minimizing disenchantment of the conservative minority. Lincoln's election provoked the secession of seven states in the deep south, but did not lead immediately to armed conflict. By the time of his inauguration, seven states had seceded, formed an independent confederacy, and seized most federal forts and other installations in the deep south without firing a single shot. In his inaugural address, Lincoln called for a cautious and limited use of force. Shortly after taking office, Lincoln was informed that Fort Sumter could not hold out much longer and that he would have to decide whether to reinforce it or let it fall.
The Union was divided upon this and it took a great man such as Abraham Lincoln to bring the nation together. The great American President, Abraham Lincoln was dedicated toward preserving the Union which led to the emancipation of slaves culminating in the Civil War. Regardless of Lincoln’s true intentions to sustain the Union, his presidency showed he cared about all men being created equal. Abraham Lincoln had many accomplishments during his presidency. Other than his crucial role in the Civil War, he brought forth two foreign tariffs, started the first income tax, developed the Department of Agriculture and put abolitionists on the Supreme Court (10 Facts).
All in all 12,400 union casualties and 10,300 Confederate casualties# Although neither side really “won” this bloody battle at Antietam, this battle had a very big significance on America. The next day heavily battered Lee withdrew. This was just the battle that President Lincoln had been waiting for. On September 22, 1862, President Lincoln wrote the Emancipation Proclamation#. The proclamation declared that unless the Southern states returned to the union by January 1, 1863, all the slaves in those states “shall be then, thenceforward, and forever, free.”