Abraham Lincoln and the Union: A Chronicle of the Embattled North

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CHAPTER IX
THE CRUCIAL MATTER

IT is the custom of historians to measure the relative strength of North and South chiefly in terms of population. The North numbered 23,000,000 inhabitants; the South, about 9,000,000, of which the slave population amounted to 3,500,000. But these obvious statistics only partially indicate the real situation. Not what one has, but what one is capable of using is, of course, the true measure of strength. If, in 1861, either side could have struck swiftly and with all its force, the story of the war would have been different. The question of relative strength was in reality a question of munitions. Both powers were glaringly unprepared. Both had instant need of great supplies of arms and ammunition, and both turned to European manufacturers for aid. Those Americans who, in a later war, wished to make illegal the neutral trade in munitions for

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  • THE CHRONICLES OF AMERICA SERIES iii
  • Title Page v
  • Preface ix
  • Contents xi
  • Abraham Lincoln and the Union 1
  • Chapter II - The Party of Political Evasion 19
  • Chapter III - The Politicians and the New Day 40
  • Chapter IV - The Crisis 59
  • Chapter V - Secession 81
  • Chapter VI - War 102
  • Chapter VII - Lincoln 126
  • Chapter VIII - The Rule of Lincoln 142
  • Chapter IX - The Crucial Matter 168
  • Chapter X - The Secretary of the Treasury 192
  • Chapter XI - Northern Life During the War 204
  • Chapter XII - The Mexican Episode 224
  • Chapter XIII - The Plebiscite of 1864 233
  • Chapter XIV - Lincoln's Final Intentions 251
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