seems admirably simple and accurate: "This was the first law enacted by Congress by which the Government of the United States without the intervention of the authorities of the several States appealed directly to the nation to create large armies" ( 8:39). With Nicolay and Hay, the serious study of Lincoln's role in the Civil War really began, and their work is not a bad place for anyone to begin the study.
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