Category Archives: Politics

A “Visionary” Plan? The Proposed March 1865 Peace Conference, Part 6

(Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, and Part 5 are available. Part 6 is the concluding post in the series.) From his headquarters at City Point, Grant, in turn, informed Lincoln and Stanton that Ord had met with Longstreet … Continue reading

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Dan Sickles and the Temporary Insanity Defense

The Civil War spawned a number of so-called “political generals” for both the Union and the Confederacy.  In most cases, these were well-connected men that had little or no military experience but had the means to help raise and equip … Continue reading

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A “Visionary” Plan? The Proposed March 1865 Peace Conference, Part 3

(Part 1 and Part 2 are available.) So why was Ord’s idea even considered, and actually supported, at the highest levels of a Confederate government steeped in a patriarchal culture? Porter offered an answer in that “it must be remembered … Continue reading

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A “Visionary” Plan? The Proposed March 1865 Peace Conference, Part 2

(Part 1 is available here.) While many were disheartened by the failure of the February conference, the Confederates were not willing to give up their hope of establishing an independent nation, although that hope was becoming dimmer with each passing … Continue reading

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Confederate Arizona’s Representative

When the Confederate Congress convened in Richmond, Virginia, there were delegates from the eleven seceded states plus representatives from Kentucky and Missouri. Yet, seated among these politicians was another gentleman: Granville “Grant” Oury, the representative from Confederate Arizona, duly elected by … Continue reading

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A “Visionary” Plan? The Proposed March 1865 Peace Conference, Part 1

In March 1865, a conference was planned where the leading officers on both sides—and their wives—would have played a significant role in brokering peace. It was Maj. General Edward O.C. Ord’s idea, proposed in the wake of the failure of … Continue reading

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Civil War Echoes: A Death in Ireland

Britain’s Prime Minister during the Civil War years was Henry John Temple, the 3d Viscount Palmerston. His grandfather received a grant of land in County Sligo, Ireland on the Mullaghmore Peninsula, which overlooked an inlet that fed into the Atlantic … Continue reading

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New Research on Lincoln, Elmer Ellsworth, and the First Federal Militias

Within a week of taking the presidential oath, Mr. Lincoln wrote Secretary of War Simon Cameron regarding his young friend, Elmer Ellsworth:  You will favor me by issuing an order detailing Lieut. Ephraim E Ellsworth, of the First Dragoons, for … Continue reading

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President Abraham Lincoln’s Message to Special Session of Congress, July 4, 1861

Fellow-Citizens of the Senate and House of Representatives: Having been convened on an extraordinary occasion, as authorized by the Constitution, your attention is not called to any ordinary subject of legislation. At the beginning of the present Presidential term, four … Continue reading

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“Something Abides”: Joshua L. Chamberlain and Civil War Memory

As it was for millions of his generation, the Civil War was the defining event of Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain’s life.  Veterans from both sides took understandable pride in their service, wrote their memoirs, and joined veterans’ organizations.  In all of … Continue reading

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