Friday, January 25, 2013
the last book I ever read (Rise to Greatness by David Von Drehle, excerpt two)
from Rise to Greatness: Abraham Lincoln and America’s Most Perilous Year by David Von Drehle:
Lincoln endured the outrage because he believed the Union could not be saved without support from loyal slaveholders, especially those in his birthplace, Kentucky. That state was the strategic core of the country: Kentucky controlled the Ohio River and guarded the eastern flank of Missouri, another loyal slave state located on a key waterway. If Kentucky left the Union, and if Missouri followed, the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers would fall under Confederate control, strangling American commerce. “I think to lose Kentucky is nearly the same as to lose the whole game,” Lincoln once said.