Dr. Hugh Dubrulle explains how and why historians differ over Lincoln’s role in developing Federal strategy during the American Civil War. As a civilian head of state whose duties include serving as commander-in-chief of the armed forces, the President of the United States occupies an important nexus between politics and the formation of military strategy. Called upon to deal with an unprecedented political and military crisis for which neither he nor his subordinates had been prepared to confront, President Abraham Lincoln had to learn the workings of this nexus “on the job.” Dubrulle describes the Northern strategy, traces how it changed over the course of the conflict, and discusses Lincoln’s role in shaping the North’s military means and ends. These issues have long fascinated scholars because they are of contemporary relevance, dealing as they do with matters such as civil-military relations and the making of strategy. This presentation has been made possible through a grant from New Hampshire Humanities and is free to all. No reservations required. Meets at the Main House—walk or drive.
About the presenter: Dr. Hugh Dubrulle has taught at the University of Puget Sound and the University of Oregon. Since 2002, he has been a member of the History Department at Saint Anselm College, Manchester, NH, where he is now an associate professor. His fascination with the American Civil War began as a child, while his interest in British history emerged during his undergraduate years at Pomona College when he spent a term at University College, Oxford. Dr. Dubrulle’s research deals primarily with how Britain viewed the American Civil War. In the spring of 2018, Louisiana State University Press will publish his new book, A War of Wonders: How Britain Imagined the Civil War.