Tag Archives: Lincoln

Shelby Foote as the Angel of Death

I’ve been doing some research lately on Shelby Foote and his work on The Civil War: A Narrative. In his correspondence with his friend and fellow writer Walker Percy, Foote provided ongoing updates about his progress on the work, which … Continue reading

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Lincoln: This Little Joker for President

Our recent look at the politics of the 1860s—and my own interest, in particular, in political cartoons—had me thinking of the conversation I had last year with scholar Todd Thompson, author of The National Joker: Abraham Lincoln and the Politics of … Continue reading

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1860’s Politics: A Study In 1864 Presidential Campaign Artwork

Art is created to be appreciated and to tell a message or story. Can we study artwork from a historic presidential election and learn about American ideas at the time? Absolutely. It’s amazing how much symbolism and propaganda can be … Continue reading

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1860’s Politics: Campaign Ads for Television?

I was bored one morning and needed some history humor. So…I searched “1860 political” on YouTube. The results were amazing! There were serious lectures and informational videos. And then there were political ads, likely created by students as part of … Continue reading

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Question of the Week: 7/11-7/17/16

Did Abraham Lincoln’s view of not using the Tidewater Peninsula as an invasion route unnecessarily prolong the war? Did McClellan’s mismanagement keep Union forces from using it, and thus allow Lee to operate in Northern Virginia where the Confederate commander … Continue reading

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Winfield Scott Reconsidered

On this day in 1841, precisely 175 years ago, Major General Winfield Scott became Commanding General of the U.S. Army. He held this post for 20 years and four months, longer than any other Commanding General or U.S. Army Chief … Continue reading

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The Bridge Between Lincoln and His Soldiers

William Underhill, a volunteer with the Friends of Grant Cottage and a curator of all things Ulysses S. Grant on the internet, passed along an interesting piece the other day about a Grant memorial bridge in Washington, D.C.—a bridge that … Continue reading

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Promoting Grant

Before putting Ulysses S. Grant’s name forward for promotion to lieutenant general, Abraham Lincoln had to first find out whether Grant had any presidential ambitions—not an unreasonable concern in an army filled with politicians and political aspirants. With the presidential … 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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The East Room / April 20, 1865, 3:00 AM

It was only a still night if the weather was what counted. The White House, draped inside and out with mourning, was surrounded by military guards, and citizens who ranged from morbidly curious to brokenhearted.

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