Disregarding any effect that his actions had, did Abraham Lincoln stretch the powers of the presidency too much?
He sure did stretch the powers of the presidency and the federal government. But I agree with the actions he took. They were completely necessary to preserve the union an I truly believe that if he wouldn't have been assassinated, he would have...
...eventually given away some of the power he gained. Unfortunately, he was killed and Andrew Johnson screwed things up.
He did what was necessary.
Desperate times desperate measures and all that....