Abraham Lincoln and men of war-times : some personal recollections of war and politics during the Lincoln administration /
A.K. McClure ; introduction to the Bison Books ed. by James A Rawley.
4th ed.
Lincoln, Neb : University of Nebraska Press, 1997.
496 p. : ill. ; 21 cm.
0803282281 (pbk. : alk. paper)
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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.
Table of Contents
Introductionp. 7
Prefacep. 17
Lincoln in 1860p. 27
A Visit to Lincolnp. 44
Lincoln's Characteristicsp. 72
Lincoln in Politicsp. 85
Lincoln and Emancipationp. 98
Lincoln and Hamlinp. 115
Lincoln and Chasep. 132
Lincoln and Cameronp. 147
Lincoln and Stantonp. 170
Lincoln and Grantp. 189
Lincoln and Mcclellanp. 208
Lincoln and Shermanp. 226
Lincoln and Curtinp. 248
Lincoln and Stevensp. 277
Lincoln and Greeleyp. 312
Our Unrewarded Heroesp. 355
The Pennsylvania Reserve Corpsp. 423
Appendixp. 457
Indexp. 483
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