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Inside the White House in War Times: Memoirs and Reports of Lincoln's Secretary

Inside the White House in War Times: Memoirs and Reports of Lincoln's Secretary

by William O. Stoddard
     
 
Of the three secretaries who assisted President Abraham Lincoln—John G. Nicolay, John Hay, and William O. Stoddard—only Stoddard wrote an extended memoir about his time in the Executive Mansion. First published in 1890, the book vividly depicts the president’s agonizing reaction to the defeats at Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville, the difficulties

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Of the three secretaries who assisted President Abraham Lincoln—John G. Nicolay, John Hay, and William O. Stoddard—only Stoddard wrote an extended memoir about his time in the Executive Mansion. First published in 1890, the book vividly depicts the president’s agonizing reaction to the defeats at Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville, the difficulties encountered (and presented) by Mary Lincoln, the president’s relations with George B. McClellan and other generals, and the anxiety preceding the Merrimack’s epic battle with the Monitor. In 1866 Stoddard also penned thirteen “White House Sketches” about his time in Lincoln’s service. Originally published in an obscure New York newspaper, these essays—never previously collected—supplement Stoddard’s memoir. Together the memoir and sketches provide an intimate look at the sixteenth president during a time of crisis.

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The Washington Times

"The edited works represent a considerable body of material, and Mr. Burlingame does a great service to students of Lincoln's presidency."—Edward Steers Jr., The Washington Times

— Edward Steers Jr.

The Washington Times - Edward Steers Jr.
"The edited works represent a considerable body of material, and Mr. Burlingame does a great service to students of Lincoln's presidency."—Edward Steers Jr., The Washington Times
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Of the three secretaries who assisted President Lincoln, only Stoddard, a journalist and author of children's fiction, wrote an extended memoir about his time in the executive mansion. First published in 1890, the account vividly depicts the president's reaction to the defeats at Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville, the difficulties encountered by Mary Lincoln, the president's relations with Civil War generals, and the anxiety preceding the 's epic battle. Includes 13 essays on Lincoln and the White House originally published in an obscure New York newspaper. Burlingame teaches history at Connecticut College. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780803292574
Publisher:
University of Nebraska Press
Publication date:
02/01/2000
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
226
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.53(d)
Lexile:
1320L (what's this?)

Meet the Author

William O. Stoddard was a journalist and an author of boys’ fiction. Michael Burlingame, a history professor at Connecticut College, is the author or editor of several books on Abraham Lincoln, including A Reporter’s Lincoln (Nebraska 1998).

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