Praying for the Election
by Dr. Craig von Buseck
Every election the candidates exclaim, “This is the most important election in history.”
There is one election that stands out as probably the most important—because it might not have happened.
In 1864, Abraham Lincoln faced election during a civil war, and it didn’t look like he would win. The fortunes of war, the American people, even many in his own party had turned against him.
“We can not have free government without elections,” Lincoln declared, “and if the rebellion could force us to forego, or postpone a national election it might fairly claim to have already conquered and ruined us.”
Robert E. Lee and the Confederates had pinned their hopes on the election. The rebels knew they couldn’t win on the battlefield. After Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation, neither Britain nor France would intervene to support slavery.
The only hope was for the northern people to grow weary of war and elect a “peace candidate” who would negotiate for separation to end the war. Unless Ulysses S. Grant could demonstrate success on the battlefield, it was likely the public would tire of the conflict and vote Lincoln out.
In the end it wasn’t Grant himself, but his brilliant strategy that brought the needed victories by General Sherman in Atlanta, Admiral Porter in Mobile Bay, and General Sheridan in the Shenandoah Valley.
Prayer certainly turned the tide of the important election of 1864—and prayer is truly what is vital this year as well. So pray . . . and vote!
Craig von Buseck goes into depth on Ulysses S. Grant and his leadership in his upcoming book, Forward! The Leadership Principles of Ulysses S. Grant. He also chronicles the inspiring story of Grant losing his fortune in an embezzlement scheme and then being diagnosed with incurable cancer. Learn how he fought against searing pain and exhaustion to write his Personal Memoirs and secure his wife’s financial future in Victory! The Final Battle of Ulysses S. Grant—published by Iron Stream Media in spring of 2021. Learn more at vonbuseck.com