Oliver P. Morton: True Leadership in the Civil War Essay

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Oliver P. Morton was a man of many talents and a man who stood out above the rest during the Civil War. A local product from Indiana, Morton who displayed a skillful leadership, a strong and stubborn personality, and sometimes ruthless policies made him one of the most prominent figures not only on the state level but also on the national level. At the time of the Civil War issues such as race and slavery, economics and power dominated Indiana politics. The rallying point and the man that stood in the middle of all the issues Indiana was facing was Oliver P. Morton. He was responsible for rallying and unifying the Hoosiers. Morton prepared the Hoosiers to fight in the Union Army. To truly understand Oliver P. Morton’s impact on Indiana, …show more content…
Oliver P. Morton was a man of many talents and a man who stood out above the rest during the Civil War. A local product from Indiana, Morton who displayed a skillful leadership, a strong and stubborn personality, and sometimes ruthless policies made him one of the most prominent figures not only on the state level but also on the national level. At the time of the Civil War issues such as race and slavery, economics and power dominated Indiana politics. The rallying point and the man that stood in the middle of all the issues Indiana was facing was Oliver P. Morton. He was responsible for rallying and unifying the Hoosiers. Morton prepared the Hoosiers to fight in the Union Army. To truly understand Oliver P. Morton’s impact on Indiana, the nation, and the Civil War it is important to understand where he came from, his rise to power, and what he did to stay in power and leave a lasting impact. Oliver Hazard Perry Throck Morton was born in Wayne County Indiana on August 4th, 1823. Morton’s family name was Throckmorton but was shortened to Morton by his grandfather. Morton grew up under the care of his grandparents and aunts because his mother and father died while he was very young. As a child Morton and his older brother attended the academy of Prof. Hoshour, at Centerville. However, neither of them finished High School. At the age of 15 Morton dropped out of school to learn the hatter’s trade to help support his family. After 4 years working this profession Morton was

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