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Lincoln's White House secretary : the adventurous life of William O. Stoddard /
edited by Harold Holzer.
imprint
Carbondale : Southern Illinois University Press, c2007.
description
xii, 405 p.
ISBN
0809327538 (cloth : alk. paper), 9780809327539 (cloth : alk. paper)
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imprint
Carbondale : Southern Illinois University Press, c2007.
isbn
0809327538 (cloth : alk. paper)
9780809327539 (cloth : alk. paper)
catalogue key
6161731
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Appeared in Library Journal on 2008-01-01:
As a young man in his early 20s, Stoddard served with Abe from 1861 to 1865 and released his remembrances of that tumultuous and dangerous time in 1907. The book is buttressed with photos from throughout his life. This edition has been edited by Lincoln scholar Harold Holzer, who provides an introduction, afterword, and annotations. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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"This autobiography combines the fascinating details of social history with the drama of high politics. Lincoln's White House Secretary richly chronicles the interesting life of a jack-of-all-trades who witnessed Lincoln's greatness, documented the tumultuous events of our national ordeal, and played a small, yet fascinating, role in those events."-- Joseph Fornieri , author of Abraham Lincoln's Political Faith
"This autobiography combines the fascinating details of social history with the drama of high politics.Lincoln's White House Secretaryrichly chronicles the interesting life of a jack-of-all-trades who witnessed Lincoln's greatness, documented the tumultuous events of our national ordeal, and played a small, yet fascinating, role in those events."--Joseph Fornieri, author ofAbraham Lincoln's Political Faith
" This autobiography combines the fascinating details of social history with the drama of high politics. "Lincoln's White House Secretary" richly chronicles the interesting life of a jack-of-all-trades who witnessed Lincoln's greatness, documented the tumultuous events of our national ordeal, and played a small, yet fascinating, role in those events." -- Joseph Fornieri, author of "Abraham Lincoln's Political Faith"
"This autobiography combines the fascinating details of social history with the drama of high politics. "Lincoln's White House Secretary" richly chronicles the interesting life of a jack-of-all-trades who witnessed Lincoln's greatness, documented the tumultuous events of our national ordeal, and played a small, yet fascinating, role in those events."--Joseph Fornieri, author of "Abraham Lincoln's Political Faith"
& " This autobiography combines the fascinating details of social history with the drama of high politics. Lincoln ' s White House Secretary richly chronicles the interesting life of a jack-of-all-trades who witnessed Lincoln ' s greatness, documented the tumultuous events of our national ordeal, and played a small, yet fascinating, role in those events. " -- Joseph Fornieri, author of Abraham Lincoln ' s Political Faith &
"This autobiography combines the fascinating details of social history with the drama of high politics.Lincoln's White House Secretaryrichly chronicles the interesting life of a jack-of-all-trades who witnessed Lincoln's greatness, documented the tumultuous events of our national ordeal, and played a small, yet fascinating, role in those events." Joseph Fornieri, author ofAbraham Lincoln's Political Faith
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William Osborn Stoddard, Lincoln's "third secretary" who worked alongside John G. Nicolay and John Hay in the White House from 1861 to 1865, completed his autobiography in 1907, one of more than one hundred books he wrote. An abridged version was published by his son in 1955 as "Lincoln's Third Secretary: The Memoirs of William O. Stoddard." In this new, edited version,Lincoln's White House Secretary: The Adventurous Life of William O. Stoddard,Harold Holzer provides an introduction, afterword, and annotations and includes comments by Stoddard's granddaughter, Eleanor Stoddard. The elegantly written volume gives readers a window into the politics, life, and culture of the mid-nineteenth century. Stoddard's bracing writing, eye for detail, and ear for conversation bring a novelistic excitement to a story of childhood observations, young friendships, hardscrabble frontier farming, early hints of the slavery crisis, the workings of the Lincoln administration, and the strange course of war and reunion in the southwest. More than a clerk, Stoddard was an adventurous explorer of American life, a farmer, editor, soldier, and politician. Enhanced by seventeen illustrations, this narrative sympathetically draws the reader into the life and times of Lincoln's third secretary, adding to our understanding of the events and the larger-than-life figures that shaped history.
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In this new, edited version of William O.
Long Description
William Osborn Stoddard, Lincoln's "third secretary" who worked alongside John G. Nicolay and John Hay in the White House from 1861 to 1865, completed his autobiography in 1907, one of more than one hundred books he wrote. An abridged version was published by his son in 1955 as "Lincoln's Third Secretary: The Memoirs of William O. Stoddard." In this new, edited version, "Lincoln's White House Secretary: The Adventurous Life of William O. Stoddard, "Harold Holzer provides an introduction, afterword, and annotations and includes comments by Stoddard's granddaughter, Eleanor Stoddard. The elegantly written volume gives readers a window into the politics, life, and culture of the mid-nineteenth century. Stoddard's bracing writing, eye for detail, and ear for conversation bring a novelistic excitement to a story of childhood observations, young friendships, hardscrabble frontier farming, early hints of the slavery crisis, the workings of the Lincoln administration, and the strange course of war and reunion in the southwest. More than a clerk, Stoddard was an adventurous explorer of American life, a farmer, editor, soldier, and politician. Enhanced by seventeen illustrations, this narrative sympathetically draws the reader into the life and times of Lincoln's third secretary, adding to our understanding of the events and the larger-than-life figures that shaped history.
Main Description
William Osborn Stoddard, Lincoln's "third secretary" who worked alongside John G. Nicolay and John Hay in the White House from 1861 to 1865, completed his autobiography in 1907, one of more than one hundred books he wrote. An abridged version was published by his son in 1955 as "Lincoln's Third Secretary: The Memoirs of William O. Stoddard." In this new, edited version, Lincoln's White House Secretary: The Adventurous Life of William O. Stoddard, Harold Holzer provides an introduction, afterword, and annotations and includes comments by Stoddard's granddaughter, Eleanor Stoddard. The elegantly written volume gives readers a window into the politics, life, and culture of the mid-nineteenth century. Stoddard's bracing writing, eye for detail, and ear for conversation bring a novelistic excitement to a story of childhood observations, young friendships, hardscrabble frontier farming, early hints of the slavery crisis, the workings of the Lincoln administration, and the strange course of war and reunion in the southwest. More than a clerk, Stoddard was an adventurous explorer of American life, a farmer, editor, soldier, and politician. Enhanced by seventeen illustrations, this narrative sympathetically draws the reader into the life and times of Lincoln's third secretary, adding to our understanding of the events and the larger-than-life figures that shaped history.
Bowker Data Service Summary
This title provides an introduction, afterword and annotations on William Osborn Stoddard's 1907 autobiography and includes comments by his granddaughter.
Table of Contents
List of Illustrationsp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Introductionp. ix
The Stoddard Family Treep. 15
Childhood in Rochesterp. 22
Boyhood in Homerp. 27
The Old Garret and Other Wondersp. 38
In the Villagep. 46
The Riverp. 51
The Hill and the Woodsp. 57
The Academy and the Shopp. 62
Syracuse: The Young Cityp. 67
The Onondaga Street Housep. 73
Hoyt's Schoolp. 79
The Bookstorep. 86
The New Garretp. 92
The Churchp. 99
The Jerry Rescue Riotp. 105
Miscellaneousp. 112
Going to Collegep. 121
College Daysp. 128
Junior Yearp. 137
Grand Prairiep. 146
Log Cabin Homep. 157
Prairie Lifep. 166
Prairie Winterp. 173
Frontier Journalismp. 179
Forwardp. 187
Suppers, Characters, and Incidentsp. 194
Lincoln and a New Beginningp. 204
Warp. 218
A New Life in Washingtonp. 233
The War Cityp. 239
Guns and Things at the White Housep. 247
A Very Busy Yearp. 263
Wartime Enterprisesp. 273
About Mr. Lincolnp. 286
The Long Winter of 1862p. 292
Forward Marchp. 303
On Assignment by the Presidentp. 314
Year of Decision, 1864p. 325
Notes from the Southwest, and the Death of Lincolnp. 341
Afterword: Picturing Lincolnp. 347
Post Impressionsp. 361
Notesp. 369
Indexp. 399
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