Category Archives: Politics

Millard Fillmore’s Position on Slavery Still Causing Controversy in His Hometown

by ECW Correspondent Liam McGurl The Fugitive Slave Act is still causing a stir 165 years after it was passed—at least in Buffalo, NY. It is likely that anyone who has been to the city has noticed a commonality among … Continue reading

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Seldom Has This Community Been Universally Shocked: New Jersey Newspapers React to the Passing of George McClellan

Today, we are pleased to welcome back guest author William Griffith. This past December, for my twenty-third birthday, I did what any normal person my age would do – or at least I tell myself this – and made a … Continue reading

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Patriotic Booth? “Misguided…Ignorant”

ECW is pleased to offer a guest commentary from historian and SCV member Chuck Young. April 14, 2015 marked the 150th anniversary of the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln by John Wilkes Booth. While thousands of Americans marked this occasion … Continue reading

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James A. Garfield Remembers Abraham Lincoln

 On April 14, 1866, Ohio Representative James A. Garfield stood and used the occasion of the first anniversary of Lincoln’s assassination to eulogize the late president. Though he had only been in office little more than three years, Garfield’s eulogy … Continue reading

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From the ECW Archives: The Man Who Almost Became Lincoln’s Successor

As Vice President Andrew Johnson ascends to the presidency 150 years ago, consider the man who might have been in that place instead: Hannibal Hamlin, vice president during Lincoln’s first term. ECW’s Chris Mackowski visited Hamlin’s grave in the vice … Continue reading

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John Wilkes Booth and the Legacy of Reconstruction

How sorely we miss Abraham Lincoln—yet I often wonder whether we realize just how much. A shrewd politician, Lincoln successfully navigated the complicated political waters of Washington for more than four years, somehow cobbling together a coalition to maintain support … Continue reading

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What Did They Know?

Today, we are pleased to welcome back guest author Dwight Hughes When considering historical events, it is too easy to wonder, given what happened, why in the world our ancestors did what they did. But we must remember that they … Continue reading

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To Crush One Corps of Sherman’s Army: Henry Slocum’s Actions at Bentonville

Major General Henry W. Slocum could hardly believe his ears. Standing before him was an emaciated figure, dressed in enemy gray. The man, a “galvanized Yankee”, which was a term applied to captured Union soldiers who chose to enter Confederate … Continue reading

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Williamsburg’s Dividing Line

Today, we are pleased to welcome back guest author Drew Gruber. As Rockefeller’s team began the great restoration of Williamsburg to its appearance in the colonial era, most of the town’s newer structures were razed. However, 88 original 18th century … Continue reading

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Question of the Week-16 February 2015

This edition of Question of the Week comes from our own Dan Welch: Was there a defining or pivotal political moment in 1865 or was the end of slavery and the restoration of the Union inevitable by then?

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