Noted Historian Discusses Lincoln’s Military Role

Was Abraham Lincoln, as commander in chief of the nation’s military, the best man for the job of saving the Union during the American Civil War? Pulitzer Prize-winning historian James McPherson believes he probably was.

In a public lecture delivered last Thursday at The Hotchkiss School in Salisbury, Mr. McPherson, a Princeton emeritus professor of United States history and author of books such as “Battle Cry of Freedom,” drew on his most recent book,

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