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FLOTUS Ellen Wilson: American Impressionist

While many First Ladies displayed some artistic gifts, Ellen Wilson was arguably the most talented. Ellen Axson: Child to Woman Ellen Axson Wilson (1860-1914) was bookended by war: Born just as the American Civil War was about to start, dying … Continue reading

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U.S.Grant and the U.S. Mail

Mail call has always been one of the key ingredients of soldier morale and  frequently the high point of his day. A Literate War The Civil War is considered by most historians as the “first modern war” for a variety … Continue reading

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Lincoln. Mary. Robert. War.

Of all the decisions Abraham Lincoln was obliged to make during his administration, few were as personally difficult as his son’s participation in the Army. Robert’s Story Robert Todd Lincoln had just entered Harvard when his father was inaugurated in … Continue reading

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FLOTUS McKinley: White House Invalid

Many historians claim William McKinley would have been a far greater president had he not been so distracted by his invalid wife. Ida McKinley: Candidate’s Wife Shortly before the 1896 election, William and Ida McKinley celebrated their Silver Anniversary. More … Continue reading

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William Henry Harrison: The Big Lie

The “log cabin and hard cider” persona associated with William Henry Harrison was not only a myth, it was an out and out fabrication. Berkeley’s FFV: William Henry Harrison (1772-1841) was born at Berkeley Plantation, one of Virginia’s oldest estates … Continue reading

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Doc Sawyer: President Harding’s Surgeon General

It is  unfair to compare medical practice of a hundred or more years ago with the enormous technological changes that have occurred. Nevertheless… Charles Sawyer: Homeopath Charles E. Sawyer (1860-1924) was an Ohio homeopathic doctor of limited formal training, believing … Continue reading

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Theodore Roosevelt: Sailor and Soldier

Theodore Roosevelt, man of a zillion interests, always loved the military. TR: The Sailors’ Nephew Theodore Roosevelt was a little child during the tumultuous Civil War years.   His was a well-to-do prominent New York family, but his mother, Martha (Mittie) … Continue reading

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