Category Archives: Lincoln

A “Dexteritous” Climb to the Top of the Capitol’s Unfinished Dome

It towered over Abraham Lincoln during his inauguration on March 4, 1861 as a fitting symbol for the task ahead of the new president and the state of the country. Unfinished but a work in progress, the construction of the … Continue reading

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Echoes of Reconstruction: E. P. Alexander in Washington and the Lincoln Assassination

ECW is pleased to welcome back Patrick Young, author of The Reconstruction Era blog We all know that Ulysses S. Grant gave uncommonly generous terms of surrender to Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia at Appomattox in April, 1865. Rather than … Continue reading

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Civil War Cooking: The Lincoln Cake…According to Godey’s Lady’s Book

Lincoln Cake Beat two eggs. Add 2 cups of sugar, a ½ cup of softened butter, and 1 cup of milk, Gradually add 3 cups of flour, 1 teaspoon of cream of tartar, a ½ teaspoon of soda, and 1 … Continue reading

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Slowly But Surely!! My Elmer Ellsworth Cover

Not sure if a PDF will load here, but I got a copy of my cover for First Fallen yesterday–WOW! It looks stunning. I have blurbs from Chris M, of course, but also from Harry Smeltzer (, Damian Shiels, Sidney … Continue reading

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US Government Financing of the Civil War

ECW welcomes guest author Dr. Lloyd W. Klein Faced with the problem of financing a major war, President Abraham Lincoln and his Treasury Secretary, Salmon P. Chase, found innovative solutions that remain foundational of the contemporary US economy. Some of … Continue reading

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Weekly Whitman: “This Dust was Once the Man”

The four lines below are the last entry in Whitman’s Lincoln grouping. They are strangely sorrowful and hopeful at the same time. Although rarely published, it is a fitting tribute to the slain president. Whitman and Lincoln are forever connected … Continue reading

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Question of the Week: 7/5-7/11/21

If you could sit down for a chat with ol’ Abe, what would you ask him?

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Weekly Whitman: “When Lilacs Last in the Door-Yard Bloom’d”

Emerging Civil War has featured “When Lilacs Last in the Door-yard Bloom’d” many times over our ten-year history. It is a favorite of many of our writers and has been printed several times already. It can be found here,  as … Continue reading

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Weekly Whitman: “O Captain! My Captain”

Once one of the most popular poems in America, schoolchildren were required to memorize “O Captain! My Captain” at least into the 1950s. When Walt Whitman wrote this poem, it was received quite well and is one of the few … Continue reading

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Weekly Whitman: Hush’d Be The Camps Today

Walt Whitman was temporarily consumed with the assassination of President Lincoln, whom he felt to be the embodiment of the Union values he held so dear. He knew first-hand that the Northern troops who had so recently ended a long … Continue reading

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