Tag Archives: Abraham Lincoln

“The best dispatch you can show me”: Lincoln Reviews the Fort Stedman Prisoners

“The time had arrived when all, from Generals Grant and Meade to those of the rank and file, were conscious that the final struggle was near,” claimed a Vermont soldier in late March 1865. The Union noose around Petersburg slowly … 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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Lincoln Defines America

A century and a half ago today, Abraham Lincoln was inaugurated for a second term as President of the United States. He then took the podium and gave his second inaugural address, the words of which are immortalized on the Lincoln … Continue reading

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I Got Them Master’s Degree Reconstruction Blues!

It is one thing to be a Civil War buff, and another to get a Master’s degree in Military History. When I decided to write a biography of Elmer Ellsworth, I envisioned the inside flap of the book jacket. I … Continue reading

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The Weight of a Year

Working on the layout for Bert Dunkerly’s upcoming To the Bitter End, I was searching for a photo of President Lincoln from 1865. As I sorted through the Library of Congress’s stash, I came across a pair of photos taken … Continue reading

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Lincoln’s Confederate Little Sister

The Civil War is often remembered as “brother versus brother,” but for Abraham Lincoln, it was brothers-in-law versus brothers-in-law—and a slew of other in-laws, too. Historian Stuart W. Sanders has published a new book that looks at one of Lincoln’s … Continue reading

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Merry Christmas from Uncle Billy

150 years ago today, following his march across Georgia, Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman wrote the following note: Savannah, Georgia, December 22, 1864 To His Excellency, President Lincoln, Washington, D.C. I beg to present to you as a Christmas-gift, the … Continue reading

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On the First Day of Christmas . . . The Gift of War Part III

Nothing says Holiday Cheer like an indoor fir tree filled with armaments of war. Or commanded by war leaders. Or bedecked in battle flags. Nothing, I tell you. And it can all be yours with some carefree shopping on your … Continue reading

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Lincoln Adresses Congress Today

Today, December 6, 1864, President Abraham Lincoln delivered his fourth Annual Message to Congress. He began, “Fellow-Citizens of the Senate and House of Representatives: Again the blessings of health and abundant harvests claim our profoundest gratitude to Almighty God.”

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Obama Pardons Cheese in 2014!

Wednesday, November 26, 2014 marks another year in which a turkey received a Presidential pardon, this time from President Obama. The 2014 turkeys (there are always two nowadays–one is an alternate in case something happens to the first) are from … Continue reading

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