Lincoln’s Death, New Nation: April 1865 to 1877
Lincoln Compared to Other Great Presidents
What happened to the enormous Union Navy?
During the war, the Union showed that it had all the requisites for maritime greatness, even supremacy. Plenty of English visitors fretted over the size of the new American Navy, fearing it might be used against their own, but the Union Navy was scaled back almost at once. That the United States felt confident enough to do this shows how well-off the nation was; it could afford to let down its guard, where many other nations could not.