January 13, 1862

14 Jan

In a letter to Brigadier  General Don Carlos Buell, Lincoln reveals the effectivness of his study of millitary millitary affairs, and his overall strategy for winning the war.  “{M}y general idea of this war [is} we have the greater numbers, and the enemy has the greater facility of concentrating forces upon points od collision;  that we must fai, unless we can find some way of  making our advantage an over-match for his:  and that this can only be one by menacing him with supeerior forces at diferrent points, at the sametime; so that we can safely attack, one, or both, if he makes both no change;  and if he weakens one to strengthen the other, forbear to attach the strengthenedone, butseize, and hold the weakened one, gaininaso much.”  

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