Tag Archives: John Hay

Battlefield Markers & Monuments: The Civil War Correspondents Memorial

Near the summit of Crampton’s Gap, driving up from the west, Gapland Road makes a quick curve due east before snaking over the top of South Mountain and curling down the far side. This last little juke, right next to … Continue reading

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1860’s Politics: Ellsworth on the Stump

As the tumult and the shouting of the Republicans in the Wigwam dimmed, the election of 1860 began in earnest for Abraham Lincoln. Lincoln himself was stuck in Springfield, Illinois because it was not common for the actual candidate to … Continue reading

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A Postscript to Lincoln’s Blind Memorandum

One of best-known stories about Lincoln concerns his so-called “blind memorandum.” On the morning of August 23, Lincoln took a sheet of paper from his desk and scribbled a note to himself, his cabinet, and (ultimately) the nation: This morning, … Continue reading

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Lincoln’s Boys: John Hay, John Nicolay, and the War for Lincoln’s Image, by Joshua Zeitz

I was on the list at Amazon for immediate delivery of Lincoln’s Boys: John Hay, John Nicolay, and the War for Lincoln’s Image when publication occurred, and to say I was excited is an understatement. John Hay and John George … Continue reading

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All the Great Prizes: The Life of John Hay, from Lincoln to Roosevelt by John Taliaferro

In my ongoing search for all things related to John Hay, George Nicolay, and Elmer Ellsworth, I read this book with positive enthusiasm and delight. I think it was written with the same feelings. Taliaferro’s brilliant biography of John Hay … 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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I Thought the Civil War Was Our National Pastime!

I see great things in baseball. It’s our game, the American game. It has the snap, go, fling, of the American atmosphere – belongs as much to our institutions, fits into them as significantly, as our constitutions, laws: is just … Continue reading

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A Curious Case of the Measles

We are glad to welcome Meg Thompson as a guest author today. Meg currently teaches at Brownell Middle School, named for E. E. Brownell, a California educator who was named for Colonel Elmer Ellsworth and is related to Corporal Francis … Continue reading

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