Thursday, September 12, 2013
Frank J. Williams
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Abraham Lincoln’s early actions in the Civil War revealed mistakes, but he learned from his errors to become America’s greatest wartime president, says Lincoln scholar Frank J. Williams. Lincoln learned to read military orders before signing them when he failed to read an order regarding the re-supplying of Fort Sumter. The order caused confusion with far-reaching results, Williams says, and Lincoln never made that mistake again.
Williams is the retired chief justice of the Supreme Court of Rhode Island and has developed one of the largest and most complete public libraries devoted to Lincoln. The lecture is sponsored by SMU’s DeGolyer Library and Center for Presidential History.