Abraham Lincoln learns the art of war in the hope that one day Americans will lay down their swords and shields and study war no more. The story spans the Civil War from 1861 through the Fall of Richmond in April 1865.
Did You Know?
When Lincoln is shown visiting Richmond, Virginia after its occupation by the Union Army, he passes by the bodies of a number of dead Confederate soldiers lying in the streets, implying there had been a battle for the city. In fact, Confederate General Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia had abandoned the city without resistance and moved west before the Union forces arrived. See more
[Explaining war strategy to Lincoln, Ellsworth lays pencils on a map
These are the tools a commander in chief is able to use in a modern war. Napoleon would have given his hand right out of his coat for one of these.
For a pencil?
[taps pencil on a spitoon
Telegraph. With telegraph instruments you can really command. You can know what's going on everywhere. Every move. Every skirmish. Every shifting of the enemy. And you can make your decisions with the speed of lightning bolts.