Category Archives: Politics

Grant The Tanner?

A couple weeks ago I was combing through the online archives of Library of Congress looking the images collections related to Ulysses S. Grant. This 19th Century cartoon caught my eye. “Grant, The Tanner.” Okay, that’s different than the usual … Continue reading

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Marching Societies Transform 1860 Election

Emerging Civil War welcomes back guest author Leon Reed…. The 1860 presidential election aroused more passion than any presidential election before or since. Four regional candidates: former congressman Abraham Lincoln, US senator Stephen Douglas, vice president John Breckinridge, and recently … Continue reading

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Henry Adams on Adam Badeau and Ulysses S. Grant

On April 29, 1885, as Ulysses S. Grant was in the last stretch of writing his memoirs—and in the last stages of his terminal throat cancer—a story appeared in one of the New York newspapers that claimed Grant was not … Continue reading

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The Proviso and the Man

ECW welcomes back guest author Katy Berman. Provided: That as an express and fundamental condition to the acquisition of any territory from the Republic of Mexico by the United States, by virtue of any treaty which may be negotiated between … Continue reading

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On The Eve Of War: An Englishman in Washington

William Howard Russell, an influential reporter for The Times of London, toured America north and south in 1861-62 leaving a picturesque portrait of places, people, and issues. He is considered one of the first modern war correspondents for dramatic coverage … Continue reading

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Question of the Week: 3/22-3/28/21

In your opinion, who was the most under-rated politician during the Civil War era?

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Ten Cent Jimmy

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Joshua Chamberlain stares down the 1880 Maine rebellion (part two of two)

Emerging Civil War is pleased to feature the work of our friend, Maine at War author Brian Swartz. Part two of two. In early 1880, Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain faced a political crisis in his home state of Maine, where a … Continue reading

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Joshua Chamberlain stares down the 1880 Maine rebellion (part one of two)

Emerging Civil War is pleased to feature the work of our friend, Maine at War author Brian Swartz. Part one of two. When a political crisis roiled Maine in early 1880, Joshua L. Chamberlain answered the call to duty and … Continue reading

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“Reflections” on Lincoln by Alexander Stephens

It is well known that President Abraham Lincoln and Alexander H. Stephens, who served as Vice President of the Confederacy during the Civil War, were friends despite being on opposite sides of the war. Becoming acquainted during their service in … Continue reading

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