Lincoln as Commander in Chief, A Panel Discussion (IL & The Civil War Series)


8/23/2018, 6:30 pm



Books on the Square, 427 E. Washington St. Springfield, IL 62701

This is the final in a 12-part series, “Illinois and the Civil War,” developed to commemorate Illinois’ 200 years of statehood. It is sponsored by the Civil War Roundtables of Springfield and Macoupin County.

One of the duties of U.S. presidents outlined in our Constitution is to be in charge of the military. Lincoln had served in the Black Hawk War but saw no action, so he faced the Civil War learning how to win at war from his readings, conversations and thinking. A panel of historians will discuss how he developed in his responsibility as Commander in Chief and point out times when both his inexperience and intelligence surfaced in strategy and command.

Alan Lowe, Executive Director of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum (ALPLM) serves as moderator with panelists, Dr. Samuel Wheeler, Illinois State Historian and Director of Research, Collections, and Library Services at ALPLM, and Larry Werline, a Civil War historian and first person reenactor as Gen. Ulysses Grant.