Stanton returns this week in a thrilling conclusion to our thread.
Meanwhile, pop quiz. Which Civil War head of state is this describing?
"He was also very inclined to avoid overt responsibility for difficult decisions, operating from behind the backs of his generals to get his way, and distancing himself from them if failures occurred."
Answer: You thought, "Of course, this could only be Abraham Lincoln." But the quote is from Dominic Lieven, Russia Against Napoleon. It refers to Alexander I.
Which just goes to show that the ACW is always with us, everywhere, and at all times.