Tag Archives: Chicago

Steve Bartman and the Battle of Chancellorsville

In the past few weeks ESPN has been re-running the Alex Gibney film Catching Hell. The film focuses on Chicago and it’s reaction to Steve Bartman in 2003 after the Cubs lost that year’s National League Championship Series (NLCS). There … Continue reading

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The Second City

The Civil War defined America – that statement is heard often in many quarters. We use that phrase in ECW’s tagline. Many effects from that conflict are quite visible in today’s America, while others are not as apparent at first … Continue reading

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Every Free, Able-bodied White Male Citizen: Two Examples of Militia Readiness in Antebellum America Part III                    

Also in 1859, young Elmer Ellsworth became captain of a moribund militia company, the National Guard Cadets of Chicago, Illinois. Ellsworth had developed a statewide reputation as a drillmaster, and agreed to take on the challenge of rebuilding this group … Continue reading

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. . . and the Great State of Illinois . . .

Thursday evening, on through the night, and into Friday morning was a huge time for Judge David Davis. He sent everything and every one he had to talk to delegates. Plans were laid and promises were made that were absolutely … Continue reading

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Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap

When Judge Davis realized that Thurlow Weed had made sure that plenty of folks were in Chicago to represent Seward, he turned to Ward Hill Lamon for help. Lamon was familiar with all aspects of Chicago society, and he knew … Continue reading

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Days Of Wine & Politics!

Yesterday’s post, “WeedPAC & the FOS,” introduced the players in the events of the 1860 Republican National Convention in Chicago. Each man, in his own way, worked to elect Abraham Lincoln, but it was by no means an easy task. … Continue reading

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WeedPAC & the FOS (Friends of Seward)

Lincoln’s greatest challenge in Chicago was the U. S. senator from New York, William Seward. Experienced, and well financed by the nascent “machine” of Thurlow Weed, the leading New York political operative, Seward seemed to be the most qualified candidate … Continue reading

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The Republican Convention Site Is Chosen & the Dirty Tricks Begin!

Just as political parties wrangle now, so it has always been. In mid-December of 1859, Chicago’s finest, or maybe just Chicago’s wiliest–Norman Judd–went to New York City with one purpose in mind: to get the Republican Convention of 1860 held … Continue reading

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