- Aug 10, 2019
Great quote from Current - did you also read in his Afterthoughts how he characterized, in the last paragraph, Lincoln's point of view that "the Confederacy had committed and was committing aggression by its very claim to existence"? P. 208.Lincoln describes himself perfectly in these quotes as he projects his own actions with Sumter… Lincoln was not altruistic with his motives for forcing union, instead he was politically and economically motivated:
"In after years Lincoln did not forget his accusations against Polk. As late as June 1860 he repeated it in material he provided for a campaign biography. As he phrased the charge, 'the President had sent Gen. Taylor into an uninhabited part of the country belonging to Mexico, and not to the US thereby had provoked the first act of hostility.' The President had sought war, Lincoln added, for an ulterior motive of politics, that is, 'to divert public attention' from his failure to secure from GB the whole Oregon country, which his own fellow partisans had been demanding. There is more than a bit of irony in Lincolns accusation against Polk. Within half a year of reviving it, Lincoln as president was himself to face the question of sending armed forces into disputed territory, and eventually his decision was to make him the second president to be charged with contriving a war and shifting the guilt to the other side." P10-11 Current, "Lincoln and the First Shot"