Question of the Week: 5/20-5/26/19

If you could have dinner (or a beer) with a Civil War politician and they would answer all questions honestly, who would you want to hang out with?

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16 Responses to Question of the Week: 5/20-5/26/19

  1. Abraham Lincoln!

  2. Mike Maxwell says:

    If it was possible to have a conversation with John B. Floyd (former Governor of Virginia and Buchanan’s Secretary of War from March 1857 – 29 DEC 1860) it would be interesting to have answers to the following questions:
    – Did you really misappropriate over $800000 in Indian bonds?
    – When did you commence discussing/planning for Southern secession?
    – What was the REAL reason you appointed PGT Beauregard as Superintendent of the United States Military Academy at West Point (late in 1860)?
    – What war materials did you manage to move South prior to your resignation as President Buchanan’s Secretary of War?

  3. John Foskett says:

    Hard to pick somebody other than Lincoln, but either Seward or Indiana Gov. Oliver Morton might be interesting.

  4. Thomas Mack says:

    Have to be Lincoln … Frederick Douglas would be 2nd

  5. John Pryor says:

    Jefferson Davis.

  6. Thomas Pilla says:

    Edwin Stanton, to see what made him tick.

  7. Douglas Pauly says:

    John C. Breckinridge. The various perspectives he could provide are interesting to say the least.

  8. Meg Groeling says:

    Wow! What a perfect question–one that might be asked about the 2000s at some point. Maybe Richard Yates, the uber-effective war gov of the Great State of Illinois, or one of my faves Horace Greeley, or maybe Fernando Wood, Thurlow Weed–what a gift of choices!

  9. Chaes Marti says:

    Two: Alexander Stevens and Frederick Douglas. The exchange between the two would be fascinating. I couldn’t sait to see the look on the CS Vice President when I tell him about the future and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

  10. fortbuckley says:

    Mary Chestnut

  11. Chris Mackowski says:

    Dan Sickles. I don’t know how honest he would/could be, but I bet he’d be great company over a beer!

  12. Lyle Smith says:

    Boss Tweed.

    Dan Sickles would probably be a hoot to hang out with too.

  13. Rayfield Pye says:

    One of Seward’s dinner party’s with the President telling stories.

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