Category Archives: American Civil War

People and places connected to the American Civil War.

Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Ball

The mood of the country was vastly different in 1865 than in 1861. The Difference Being… …(at least in general essence), that in 1861, the country was nervous and frightened. Several Southern states already seceded, and the tensions at South … Continue reading

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John Wilkes Booth: Heartthrob and Assassin

In April 1865, John Wilkes Booth was 26 years old. JWB: The Solid Theatrical Pedigree In a day when theatrical personages were still looked on askance, the Booths of Maryland had a fine and well regarded pedigree. Junius Brutus Booth … Continue reading

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Andrew Johnson: Military Governor of Tennessee

So few nifty stories come up about Andrew Johnson that when they do, they are worth passing along! Legislator Andrew Johnson of Tennessee No President (and that includes Lincoln!) had more hardships in his impoverished childhood than Andy Johnson. His … Continue reading

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Gideon Welles and the Naval Battle

Gideon Welles was Secretary of the Navy during the Civil War. March 9, 1862 It was a Sunday. Navy Secretary Gideon Welles rushed over to Lincoln’s office, where he found the President and Secretary of War Edwin Stanton in a … Continue reading

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Brother Generals: Hancock and Armistead

Few ties are as strong as the military bands of brotherhood. The Gist of the Matter Two soldiers, close friends for years, had the unlikely distinction of meeting (sort of) for the last time at Gettysburg. One fought for the … Continue reading

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U.S. Grant and Son: Meeting Lincoln

Little Fred Frederick Dent Grant (1850-1912) was the oldest son of Ulysses S. Grant. His earliest memory of his father may have been when he was four, and he and his two-year-old brother were playing on the porch of their … Continue reading

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Lincoln’s White House: A Book Review

If one had to describe Lincoln’s White House: The People’s House in Wartime, one could easily call it a string of pearls encased in a Tiffany box. It is more than just a mere delight. It is a treasure that … Continue reading

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The Lincolns and the Showman

1862 was a horrible year for the Lincolns. The Bludgeon Blow When he was elected President in 1860, Abraham Lincoln knew that the challenges ahead, as he put it, were “greater even than those of George Washington.” Problems abounded from … Continue reading

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Hodgenville: The First Lincoln Memorial

More than a decade before the magnificent temple dedicated to the memory of the 16th President was built in Washington, DC… The Birth Place…ish … a fine new-classical Greek temple was designed, built and dedicated to house the birthplace and … Continue reading

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James Garfield Goes to Congress

…with a little help from President Lincoln. Maybe.  JAG: A Brief History Ohio born James Garfield (1831-81) had a very unpromising start in life. His father died when he was two, with little to leave the family.  His mother later … Continue reading

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