Category Archives: American Civil War

People and places connected to the American Civil War.

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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Abraham Lincoln and Smallpox

Abraham Lincoln suffered from variola (smallpox) when he was in the White House. November, 1863 Almost as an afterthought, President Lincoln had been invited to make “a few appropriate remarks” at an event in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. In July, a massive … Continue reading

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Abraham Lincoln and the Leg Cases

Abraham Lincoln had very little military knowledge when he became Commander-in-Chief. Lincoln’s Military Experience… …was next to nothing in 1861 when he became President. Thirty years earlier, as a young man, he volunteered with some New Salem fellows to fight … Continue reading

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A Fierce Glory: A Book Review

In recent years, there has been a welcome addition to the world of history writing: narrative history, i.e. Making history “readable” without jeopardizing the factual. Author Justin Martin has chosen to write A FIERCE GLORY: Antietam – The Desperate Battle … Continue reading

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Andrew Johnson and Strong Drink

Just about everyone knows of Andrew Johnson’s embarrassing inauguration as Vice President The Embarrassing Inauguration But for those who don’t, the gist of it is… Republican President Lincoln had specifically requested Democrat Andrew Johnson as his running mate in 1864 … Continue reading

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President Grant and the Grant-Pops

Most historians concur that Ulysses S. Grant’s parents were a little eccentric. Grant and His Parents Jesse Root Grant (1794-1873), the father, was born in Pennsylvania and transplanted to Ohio, where he married and raised a family. He was self-educated … Continue reading

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