Compilation | March 2005 (Revised May 2007)

Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War

by Nancy F. Koehn


Analyzes Abraham Lincoln's leadership during America's greatest crisis, the 1861-1865 Civil War. Using Lincoln's own words, the case traces the development of the 16th president's leadership philosophy, ethics, and skills in the years leading up to war.

Keywords: Political History; War; Leadership Style; Moral Sensibility; United States;


Koehn, Nancy F. "Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War." Harvard Business School Compilation 805-115, March 2005. (Revised May 2007.)