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Sacrifice Of Freedom
2/26/2007 9:10:14 AM
Dedicated to Our Young Men and Women Protecting our way of life, and my son Michael.
My thoughts run to our countries freedoms, which our sons and daughters are purchasing this day with their very blood. They are dying for our Freedom to live in Liberty. My ancestors have been here before the United States was formed; and one thing I have learned from my study of our history, freedom must not be taken for granted. Pray for our President to be guided to make the right Choices in Iraq, and in Iran. Let him be inspired by the actions of President Lincoln, actions which put the knife to the grindstone so to speak. “ What Lincoln liked most about George Washington was that Washington would do the impossible. When it looked like the Continental Army was totally lost, had no chance at all, he said, "What don't they think we can do? We'll go do it." And that was how we attacked Trenton on Christmas Day, coming across the icy Delaware in shallow-draft boats, and surprising the whole drunken Hessian mercenary encampment. Then, Washington withdrew silently at night from right in front of a large British Army come to trap him, and captured Princeton.”

We need a President to use wisdom, courage and love, in order to bring our sons and daughters home. One more thing that Abraham Lincoln did Mr President, something that marked him as unforgettable.

“ One day, someone called on Lincoln and stated that he had a family problem. His sick relative lived in Richmond, and he asked for a pass that would take him behind the enemy lines. Lincoln asked, "Are you going to really use the pass?" "Of course, Mr. President." "Because I gave George McClellan 125,000 'passes' to Richmond and he still hasn't used them." Finally, Lincoln sent General McClellan a note saying, "My dear McClellan, If you don't want to use the Army, I should like to borrow it for awhile."

At this time, Lincoln had no replacement for McClellan, so he didn't want to fire him. One day in 1862, Senator Wade from Ohio came to the White House and demanded that Lincoln immediately fire General McClellan. Lincoln answered, "Senator, who would you put in McClellan's place?" "Anybody," snorted Wade. "Wade," replied Lincoln, "anybody will do for you, but I must have somebody." It was at this time that Lincoln started to borrow books on military theory from the Library of Congress. He also began an almost daily inspection of new weapons systems, and he was especially interested in the design and construction of the Union ironclad, the Monitor.
In May 1862, with McClellan still sitting on the Peninsula and making no move toward Richmond, Lincoln took Secretary of War Stanton and Secretary of the Treasury Chase with him down to Hampton Roads, Virginia. McClellan sent word that he was "too busy" to see his Commander-in-Chief, so Lincoln inspected the Monitor and decided to embark on a campaign of his own—to the delight of the soldiers and sailors. Although Fort Monroe had been successfully held for the Union by Gen. John Wool, and the Union Navy filled Hampton Roads with ships, the Confederates still held the town and Navy yard of Norfolk.Since the famous battle two months before between the Monitor and the Confederate ironclad Merrimac, the Merrimac had been lurking at Norfolk, threatening the Union ships. Lincoln proposed that the Navy ferry a contingent of Union troops over to Norfolk in order to capture the town. Naval officers protested, however, that the shallow water would not allow them to get within a mile of the shore. Lincoln, who in his youth had twice helped steer a flatboat down the treacherous Mississippi from Illinois to New Orleans, carefully studied a map of Hampton Roads. He consulted with General Wool, a 78-year-old veteran of the War of 1812 who was still full of fight, and he approved the plan. So on the night of May 10, Lincoln and two Cabinet secretaries pulled away for Norfolk in a small boat to the spot that Lincoln had chosen. The water, indeed, was deep enough, and Lincoln jumped ashore and took a walk on enemy territory. Lincoln reported his findings, and General Wool's troops went ashore the next day only to find that the Confederates had gotten wind of Lincoln's maneuver and had abandoned the city! All they saw was the Mayor of Norfolk walking toward them holding out the keys to the city. Left without a base, the crew of the dreaded Merrimac blew her up and fled."So ended a brilliant week's campaign by the President," recorded Chase, "for I think it quite certain that if he had not gone down, Norfolk would still have been in the possession of the enemy, and the Merrimac as grim and defiant as ever." The headlines in the New York newspapers hailed "President Lincoln's First Military and Naval Operation—Its Great Success." (Lowry)

Please read my article “Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address” in the article section of Authorsden .com It is dedicated to my son, and his fellow soldiers In Iraq, and around the world. All the branches of the service have wonderful men and women, innocent integrity . They are true Heroes, sons and daughters of Liberty.

Lowry H. Graham “How Abraham Lincoln Organized Victory For the Union” http://www.new-federalist.com/other/2003/3033lowry_lincoln.html



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