By T. Harry Williams
Because it was once first released in 1952, Lincoln and His Generals has remained one of many definitive money owed of Lincoln’s wartime management. In it T. Harry Williams dramatizes Lincoln’s lengthy and problematic look for a good chief of the Union military and strains his transformation from a political candidate with little army wisdom right into a grasp strategist of the Civil struggle. Explored extensive are Lincoln’s frequently fraught relationships with generals comparable to McClellan, Pope, Burnside, Hooker, Fremont, and naturally, Ulysses S. provide. during this beautifully written narrative, Williams demonstrates how Lincoln’s power “meddling” into army affairs used to be the most important to the Northern conflict attempt and totally reworked the president’s position as commander-in-chief.
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Frederick the Great would have to give way to a more imposing figure; perhaps Tirpitz saw himself in that role. Tirpitz’s first move to position himself as the father of a “high-seas fleet” had been to ask for the creation of a “strategic-tactical Admiralty Staff ” as “a main task in the navy”; such a move was essentially a declaration of independence from the Prussian army’s firm control of German sea forces. He also implicitly argued for construction of a large German “war-fleet stationed in European waters” as an adjunct to the “annihilation strategy” being developed by Alfred von Schlieffen and the German General Staff for the defeat of France through the Low Countries.
Finally, the United States could not even impose its will upon fractious hemispheric neighbors. S. fleet was so inferior to that of Chile that Washington could not intervene on behalf of friendly Peru when the two Latin countries went to war. Only a modern industrial navy could preserve and promote expanding American overseas interests, and only an Isthmian canal could guarantee the shuffling of fleet units from one ocean to the other that would ensure a rapid response to hemispheric and Pacific crises.
40 On April 10, 1898, the Reichstag passed the First Naval Law, calling for the construction of nineteen battleships, eight armored cruisers, twelve large cruisers, and thirty smaller cruisers by April 1, 1904. Moreover, capital ships would be automatically replaced every twenty-five years to guard against obsolescence in an age of rapid industrial and technical advances. At first foreign observers were not unduly alarmed by the German initiative. The nature of the fleet set forth in the law seemed to imply that Wilhelm and Tirpitz intended only to strengthen Germany’s existing coastal-defense forces.