During the American Civil War, Abraham Lincoln must have had the most challenging presidency in the history of the United States. War is never an easy problem to solve, whether you choose to fight to win, or just try to settle your differences. However, Lincoln had to deal with not only the challenge of the South seceeding from the United States, but also the challenge of raising an army from Northern States who didn't want to get into a war. Also, and i still have a hard time understanding this, the North just couldn't seem to find good leaders in the Military during the early stages of the war. My question about Lincoln is, of these challenges, which did Lincoln face effectively, and which were failures that you can only attribute to him? If I had to rate Lincoln with my limited knowledge, I'd guess that Lincoln was not such an effective Civil War military leader, and that he was lucky to find and appoint Grant to lead his army to victory. However on a Political perspective, he was highly effective, even if some of his methods might be considered "extra-constitutional". What are your opinions on the subject?