Tag Archives: Secession Crisis

Opening Day and the Civil War: April Fools?

How many of you baseball fans knew that Abner Doubleday not only invented baseball but that he was also a key officer for the Union at Fort Sumter during the crisis of 1860-1861? If you said, “I did!” then you’ve … 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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