Tag Archives: Abraham Lincoln

Weekly Whitman: Jottings on an Execution

Walt Whitman was able, by his very presence in Union hospitals and army camps, to write about parts of the war that were little reported. Below is a description of a young Union soldier who deserted, and whom Lincoln failed … Continue reading

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Antietam: A Tactical Union Victory

The Battle of Antietam was a key turning point in the American Civil War and American history. In short, it turned back Robert E. Lee’s first campaign north of the Potomac River and led to the issuance of the Preliminary—and … Continue reading

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A Chronology of the Confederacy’s 1862 Counterstrokes

Several months ago, I crossed an item off my Civil War bucket list: visiting the Perryville battlefield. While at the visitor center, I watched a video which put the Confederate invasion of Kentucky into the larger context of the war. … 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: “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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Recruiting The Regiment: The 14th Brooklyn

In 1861 several states had militia systems in various states of development. State militia structures gave the opportunity to expand on an existing structure and training system, rather than create units out of whole cloth. Famous units like the 1st … Continue reading

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Book Review –Getting Right with Lincoln: Correcting Misconceptions about Our Greatest President

Getting Right with Lincoln: Correcting Misconceptions about Our Greatest President By Edward Steers University Press of Kentucky, 2021, $27.95 hardcover Reviewed by Richard G. Frederick Lincoln historiography has been awash with controversy for the last 150 years.  Disagreements over his … 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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Weekly Whitman: “Walt Whitman on the Death of President Lincoln”

Walt Whitman wrote a great deal of prose as well as poetry. He went back to Lincoln’s assassination many times in both genres. This comes from Specimen Days, published later in Whitman’s life.

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