Army Mom’s Safe Haven

Abraham Lincoln
"President Lincoln" by Lynn Millman-Weidinger - 2003

ABRAHAM LINCOLN
(1809-1865)

Sixteenth President of the United States (1861-1865)

LETTER TO JOSEPH HOOKER

I have heard, in such a way as to believe it, of your recently saying that both the Army and the Government needed a Dictator. Of course it was not for this, but in spite of it, that I have given you the command. Only those generals who gain success can set up dictators.

Abraham Lincoln
Letter to Joseph Hooker, Jan. 26, 1863
Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, vol. 6, p. 78, Rutgers University Press (1955, 1990)