Tag Archives: James Garfield

Battlefield Markers & Monuments: Lake County, Ohio Soldiers’ Monument

Lake County is the smallest county in the entire state of Ohio.  It lies along Lake Erie in the northeastern corner of the state; its county seat, Painesville, is about 30 miles from downtown Cleveland.  It is a beautiful county … Continue reading

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Garfield and Chamberlain

On June 14, 1881, Joshua L. Chamberlain of Brunswick, Maine, wrote a letter to President James A. Garfield.  The President’s wife, Lucretia Rudolph Garfield, had been ill with malaria for much of the spring, and Chamberlain offered this advice: It … 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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James Garfield & The Civil War: An Interview with Author Dan Vermilya

Here’s one I’ve been waiting for for a while: Dan Vermilya’s new book James Garfield & The Civil War (History Press, 2015). Of course, I’m eyeball-deep in other stuff at the moment and can’t dig into the book like I … Continue reading

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“Little Billy’s” Big Mausoleum

Another installment in the “Tales From the Tombstone” series. Although never a physically imposing man, William Mahone, left a lasting impact on 19th century Virginia, as a civilian, military officer, and politician. In one way or another, all these pursuits … Continue reading

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Death, Dying, and Murder?

In recent weeks, fellow ECW authors have posted about the death totals in the American Civil War and the Disease of two Regiments. Now a blog post about murder! Not to harp on a morbid theme, but the history Destiny … Continue reading

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A Quick Question and a Quick Stop

Which former Civil War general conducted his presidential campaign from this front porch?

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The Destiny of the Republic, Touched with Fire—The Story of James Garfield

I’m reading Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine, and the Murder of a President, Candice Millard’s new biography on the presidency and assassination of James A. Garfield—one of the least-known of the mediocre bearded Gilded Age presidents. … Continue reading

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