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My Favorite Historical Person: William Seward

A postscript to the series! I taught U.S. Foreign Policy in the spring semester, so I spent a bit of time with Lincoln’s Secretary of State, William H. Seward. A strident abolitionist, Seward lost the nomination to Lincoln in 1860 … Continue reading

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My Favorite Historical Person: A Conclusion

It’s been a few weeks since My Favorite Historical Person began, and it’s time to conclude the official series. Of course, we’ll still keep talking about historical figures and their place in the historical record since that’s a typical subject … Continue reading

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My Favorite Historical Person: James Garfield

There is an old joke that all it took to be President of the United States after the Civil War was membership in the Republican Party, a beard, and the title of Union veteran.  James A. Garfield met all of … Continue reading

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Question of the Week: 6/26-7/2/17

A couple weeks ago we asked if you had just one favorite historical person from the Civil War era. As our blog series continued and we read the comments, we realized that was sort of an unfair question! Today, we’ll … Continue reading

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My Favorite Historical Person: Antonia Ford

The art of spying is as old as war itself, or so it has been said. While many people when asked who is their favorite figure from the Civil War would immediately think of generals and politicians, I tend to … Continue reading

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My Favorite Historical Person: Changing Favorites?

As we were working on this series and chatting about favorite historical figures, it prompted memories of how my “favorite historical person” has changed through the recent years. I thought it might be worthwhile to share that saga and conclusions … Continue reading

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My Favorite Historical Person: Captain Sewell Gray

“Sabbath and a lovelier day never overtook a soldier,” wrote Capt. Sewell Gray on the day he died. It was Sunday, May 3, 1863, and Gray, a 22-year-old captain with the 6th Maine Infantry, was among 4,700 soldiers ordered to … Continue reading

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My Favorite Historical Person: James Hanger

Emerging Civil War welcomes back guest author Kristen M. Trout As a Civil War historian, the toughest and most challenging question of all is “who is your favorite historical person?” From Union war heroes to gallant Rebel commanders to the … Continue reading

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My Favorite Historical Person: Frederick Douglass

Since I was a young boy, Frederick Douglass has been the historical person I most admire in the Civil War era. Growing up a slave, Mr. Douglass was taught to read by a benevolent master, studied the Columbian Orator to … Continue reading

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Favorite Historical Person: Lew Wallace

As I think about people I admire historically, a spectrum of Federal commanders come to mind: Winfield S. Hancock, Nelson Miles, John Gibbon, etc. But recently, I have come to steadily respect and admire more and more Lew Wallace. Wallace … Continue reading

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