Category Archives: Civil War

“Facts” regarding the lower strata of society

One of the reasons that I began studying the Civil War era was the sheer magnitude of human passion shown by both sides.  A wonderful example of this is a recently uncovered letter written to the official Confederate Historian of … Continue reading

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Would Lincoln’s original First Inaugural Address have been the better one?

Lincoln’s first inaugural address has been much recounted and recanted in the last few days.  Most of us are familiar with the story of him having written a draft in Springfield, being careful not to give away too much of … Continue reading

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Not just a book review: My Diary North and South

I recently finished reading William Howard Russell’s My Diary North and South, though my edition is an older one (1954, edited by Fletcher Pratt). It was a purchase I made at a used book store not too long ago, and I … Continue reading

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Lincoln and secession, Part 3, now with L. Q. C. Lamar II

With a major hat-tip to “What Would the Founders Think?”, I wish to present the case of one Lucius Quintus Cincinnatus Lamar, Jr., as my study for the Confederate side of the Lincoln-understanding-secession series.  [I highly recommend taking a look at … Continue reading

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Lincoln’s understanding of secession, Part 2

Yesterday, I spoke to Abraham Lincoln’s understanding of perspective, but that was only a set-up.  150 years ago today, Lincoln was in Trenton, NJ, where for the first time, in a speech in the Statehouse to the NJ General Assembly, … Continue reading

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