Lincoln Tired of War?
With the full responsibility for starting his war against his own countrymen, burning their homes, farms, towns and cities, Lincoln was in full possession of the power to recognize the political independence of the Southern States and end the bloodshed. It was he who unleashed the war criminals Sherman and Sheridan; it was Lincoln who filled Grant’s depleted ranks with foreign mercenaries with which to overwhelm Lee’s exhausted and raggd Americans.
Cape Fear Historical Institute
Lincoln Tired of War?:
"Captain Barnes of the Navy, who as commander of the gunboat Bat acting as convoy to the River Queen, had been ordered by the Department to place himself under the immediate directions of President Lincoln, and who was charged with his safe return to Washington, says in describing this little jaunt (to City Point):
"The Confederates under General Gordon, at early daylight had made a swift and sudden assault upon our lines of investment at Petersburg, had captured Fort Stedman and several other batteries, with many persons including a general officer, and driven our men back close to and over the railroad embankment upon which our train had been halted.
The President, escorted by General Meade, both on horseback, rode over the ground witnessing the harrowing scenes always attendant after a military conflict, the cries and groans of the wounded and dying, the heaps of dead lying around, the gruesome work of the burial parties. This naturally had its effect upon the sympathetic Lincoln.
"Once again on the train," narrates Barnes, "to which cars filled with our wounded men had been attached, Mr. Lincoln looked worn and haggard. He remarked that he had seen enough of the horrors of war, that he hoped this was the beginning of the end, and that there would be no more bloodshed or ruin of homes."
(Lincoln and the Railroads, John W. Starr, Jr., Arno Press, 1981, pp. 237-238)