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

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CHAPTER XIV
LINCOLN'S FINAL INTENTIONS

THE victory of the Union Party in November enabled Lincoln to enjoy for a brief period of his career as President what may be thought of as a lull in the storm. He knew now that he had at last built up a firm and powerful support. With this assured, his policy, both domestic and foreign -- the key to which was still the blockade -- might be considered victorious at all points. There remains to be noticed, however, one event of the year 1864 which was of vital importance in maintaining the blockade.

It is a principle of international law that a belligerent must itself attend to the great task of suppressing contraband trade with its enemy. Lincoln was careful to observe this principle. Though British merchants were frankly speculating in contraband trade, he made no demand upon the British Government to relieve him of the

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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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