The title says it all what will happen if Lincoln did that, Remember Abe is an experienced officer that fought in the indian wars i think. what would happen? Would he lead the union to disaster?
I meant that it would be dangerous for Lincoln to go down there, if he went with a good escort it would be fine, but if he went on just a ship he could be vulnerable to a raid even by the small Confederate navy.I'm not certain if this is a joke or not. The CSA had no navy.
During one of his first cabinet meetings Lincoln even made a remark in this regard. The last time a head of state with limited military knowledge took command of troops in the field was Tsar Alexander I during the Battle of Austerlitz, and Lincoln would've known how that played out.Lincoln knew his limitations and strengths. He knew 'militia captain who would have fought if things had gone bad' was very limited compared to real soldiers with Mexican War and Indian Wars experience.
During one of his first cabinet meetings Lincoln even made a remark in this regard. The last time a head of state with limited military knowledge took command of troops in the field was Tsar Alexander I during the Battle of Austerlitz, and Lincoln would've known how that played out.
What CSN? That's a none factor. The best they could do is block the James River leading to Richmond. At no time was Lincoln competent to take tactical command of an army. By 1862 Lincoln was able to grasp grand strategy, and the economics of war. His understanding of Anaconda Plan, and that securing the Mississippi were the keys to victory show the ability of his mind to learn things. However politics, which are the higher function of a head of State was his genius.Also there is the problem of how will he get to the army near Richmond? Because going by sea might be too dangerous as the confederacy might try and trow all of it's navy against him.
But he wouldn't be a good commander, not at that point anyhow the army would end up being badly hurt and he would lose a lot of trust, not eough to lose the war just enough for Lincoln to maybe lose reelection.
But if it's 1864 and he takes command of the army? I reckon he would do a half decent job of it and might even save his life.