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Antietam, October 3, 1862

The Battle of Antietam took place on September 17, 1862, but sixteen days later bodies, now in a terrible state of putrification, were still lying on the ground. Every battle since Bull Run had increased the number of casualties, and … Continue reading

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. . . and the Great State of Illinois . . .

Thursday evening, on through the night, and into Friday morning was a huge time for Judge David Davis. He sent everything and every one he had to talk to delegates. Plans were laid and promises were made that were absolutely … Continue reading

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Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap

When Judge Davis realized that Thurlow Weed had made sure that plenty of folks were in Chicago to represent Seward, he turned to Ward Hill Lamon for help. Lamon was familiar with all aspects of Chicago society, and he knew … Continue reading

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Days Of Wine & Politics!

Yesterday’s post, “WeedPAC & the FOS,” introduced the players in the events of the 1860 Republican National Convention in Chicago. Each man, in his own way, worked to elect Abraham Lincoln, but it was by no means an easy task. … 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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Honest Abe: Rail Splitter, Crowd Surfer!

As 1860 dawned, Abraham Lincoln was still not a candidate for President. He proceeded cautiously, talking to Norman Judd and David Davis about the likelihood of getting the nod from the Illinois Republican State Committee. Then a biography of Lincoln … Continue reading

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