Tag Archives: Salmon P. Chase

One Review, Two Books: Ways and Means and Bonds of War

“In January [1865], economist Amasa Walker wrote on ‘men and money,’ the two elements that Walker believed were ‘indispensable to war.’ Walker added, ‘You may, indeed, have money without men, but cannot have men without money.’”1 – David Thomson in … Continue reading

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US Government Financing of the Civil War

ECW welcomes guest author Dr. Lloyd W. Klein Faced with the problem of financing a major war, President Abraham Lincoln and his Treasury Secretary, Salmon P. Chase, found innovative solutions that remain foundational of the contemporary US economy. Some of … Continue reading

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BookChat with Richard Miller, author of John P. Slough

I was pleased to spend some time recently with a new biography by Richard Miller, John P. Slough: The Forgotten Civil War General, published by the University of New Mexico Press (find out more about it here). Miller is the … Continue reading

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Book Review: “Lincoln Takes Command: The Campaign to Seize Norfolk and the Destruction of the CSS Virginia.”

When the CSS Virginia steamed into Hampton Roads on March 8, 1862 and tore through the Federal ships there, naval warfare changed forever. An ironclad, the Virginia seemed impenetrable as the Federal vessels poured broadside after broadside at her. Though … Continue reading

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Congressman Wheeler Speaks in the House on Causes of the War

Jack Melton, publisher of Civil War News, often talks with me about little-known sources and items in Civil War history. Recently he pointed me to one such: a speech by Joseph Wheeler, later Confederate major general, then U. S. Representative … Continue reading

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And Now a Brief Word about Kate Chase . . .

Remember that girl in high school? The one who always looked great–clothes perfect, never a hair out of place? She came from a socially prominent family and was really nice to everyone. She dated several popular boys. Her grades were … Continue reading

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