By William Marvel
A revealing examine Lincoln’s activities in 1862—and a kingdom in the course of war
Lincoln’s Darkest 12 months deals a gripping narrative of 1862, a pivotal 12 months in our country’s Civil battle. surprise maintains the tale he all started in Mr. Lincoln is going to warfare, which enthusiastic about Lincoln’s first 12 months in workplace, back hoping on lately unearthed basic assets and little-known money owed to color an image of this severe yr in newfound aspect. Lincoln’s Darkest yr highlights not only the activities but in addition the deeper motivations of the most important figures, together with normal Ulysses S. supply, Jefferson Davis, George McClellan, Stonewall Jackson, and, such a lot particularly, Lincoln himself. because the motion darts from the White condo to the battlefields and again, wonder sheds new gentle at the hardships persisted through daily electorate and the great and sustained public competition to the war.
The moment in a deliberate four-part sequence at the Civil conflict, and the 1st significant reexamination in over fifty years, Lincoln’s Darkest yr stands except conventional assumptions and narratives in regards to the early years of the Civil battle. surprise combines fluid prose and scholarship with the abilities of an investigative old detective to unearth the genuine tale of our nation’s maximum obstacle.
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But, should the bid prevail, the liberty of not only Southerners but also free men everywhere might be gained. In that event, millions would enshrine his name forever. Despite the delirium sweeping the North, victory had come at a terrible price. Elected to check the spread of slavery and sustain the Union, Abraham Lincoln had been determined to do just that, no matter the cost in blood and treasure, no matter the loss of liberty. 6 Arbitrary arrests across the nation soon followed. 7 Wrote one critic: Citizens were arrested by thousands, and incarcerated without warrant.
Among the elms and maples outside, the first leaves of spring were spreading a gauzy green over the White House grounds. The sweet scent of lilacs perfumed the air. ”12 Inside the long, high-ceilinged room, the atmosphere surrounding those seated around the circular table was as mild and relaxed as the weather out the window. Around the men, maps hung so thickly that the color of the walls was difficult to discern. 13 Less and less would the carpet be paced by anxious th e pr e s i d e n t a n d t h e pl ay e r 33 men, and more rarely would the maps be scanned by nervous eyes searching for strategic roads, rivers, and rails.
22 After facing shot and shell during the past four years and being hailed as an American hero, U. S. Grant’s toughest battle perhaps was simply trying to sidestep a night at the theater and placate an angry wife. In a room adjoining the cabinet meeting, Mary Lincoln was sealing a note and handing it to a messenger. The message—a summons—was directed at Julia Grant. th e pr e s i d e n t a n d t h e pl ay e r 35 “Here comes the handsomest man in Washington,” said one of the young men loafing outside Ford’s Theater.