Abraham Lincoln and Men of War-times: Some Personal Recollections of War and Politics During the Lincoln Administration

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U of Nebraska Press, 1996 - Political Science - 496 pages
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An associate of Abraham Lincoln offers an intimate view of the president's relations with military men and top politicians, placing particular emphasis on the election campaigns of 1860 and 1864. A. K. McClure, a Republican powerbroker and later editor of the Philadelphia Times, reveals how Lincoln replaced Vice President Hannibal Hamlin with the southern Democrat Andrew Johnson on the 1864 ticket. According to McClure, Lincoln kept his hand hidden in order not to offend Hamlin and his New England supporters. In 1892, the publication of Abraham Lincoln and Men of War-Times caused an angry exchange of letters (included in this edition) between McClure and the late president's secretary, John G. Nicolay. For all his nobility, Lincoln was a shrewd and cautious politician, running scared for reelection until major Union army victories in September 1864. McClure writes candidly about William T. Sherman, Ulysses S. Grant, and George B. McClellan. Among the politicians discussed are Lincoln's predecessor, James Buchanan, who fixed the Southern policy that Lincoln followed until war came; Salmon P. Chase, the annoyingly ambitious secretary of the treasury; Edwin M. Stanton, the moody secretary of war; and Thaddeus Stevens, the ferocious congressman whose relations with Lincoln were uneasy at best. James A. Rawley is Carl Adolph Happold Professor Emeritus of history at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and author of Turning Points of the Civil War, also available as a Bison Book.
  

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Contents

LINCOLN IN 1860His First Nomination for President at Chicago
27
A VISIT TO LINCOLNFirst Impressions of the New President
44
LINCOLNS SORE TRIALSWithout Hearty Support from any Party
59
LINCOLNS CHARACTERISTICSThe most Difficult of Characters
72
LINCOLN IN POLITICSHis Masterly Knowledge of Political Strat
85
LINCOLN AND EMANCIPATIONWilling to Save or Destroy Slav
98
LINCOLN AND CHASESecretary Chase the Fly in the Lincoln
132
LINCOLN AND CAMERONCamerons Exceptional Senatorial Hon
147
LINCOLN AND SHERMANSherman at First sadly Disappointed
227
LINCOLN AND CURTINTheir First Meeting at Harrishurg Febru
248
LINCOLN AND STEVENSThe Executive and Legislative Leaders
277
LINCOLN AND BUCHANANThe Injustice done to the Memory
297
LINCOLN AND GREELEYOne of the most Fretting of Lincolns
312
OUR UNREWARDED HEROESGeorge G Meade George
355
THE PENNSYLVANIA RESERVE CORPSIts Peculiar Relations
423
APPENDIXThe NicolayMcClure Controversy
457

LINCOLN AND STANTONStantons Strange Medley of Attributes
170
LINCOLN AND GRANTGrants Trouble in Getting a Command
189
LINCOLN AND McCLELLANTheir Relations yet Disputed by their
208

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James A. Rawley is Carl Adolph Happold Professor Emeritus of history at the University of Nebraska?Lincoln and author of Turning Points of the Civil War, also available as a Bison Book.

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