Reelecting Lincoln: The Battle For The 1864 Presidency

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Hachette Books, Apr 30, 2009 - History - 480 pages
Here, from the author of the acclaimed book The Class of 1846, is the dramatic story of what may have been the most critical election campaign in American history. Taking place in the midst of the Civil War, the election of 1864 would determine the very future of the nation. Would the country be unified or permanently divided? Would slavery continue? Weaving rich anecdotal material into a fast-paced narrative, John C. Waugh places this pivotal election in its historical context while evoking its human drama. The men and women who figured in this epic campaign—most notably Lincoln himself—emerge with all their strengths, weaknesses, and idiosyncrasies. "It's an inherently dramatic story, and one that has been told before. But never quite so well as by John C. Waugh, [who] brings to his task the keen eye for detail and scene-setting that one would expect from a career reporter," said the Wall Street Journal. Drawing on an extensive array of sources, including published and unpublished reminiscences, memoirs, autobiographies, letters, newspapers, and periodicals, Waugh re-creates that fateful year with all the immediacy of a political reporter covering a national presidential election today.

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REELECTING LINCOLN: The Battle for the 1864 Presidency

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A vigorous, detailed record of the crucial campaign for the presidency during the last bitter stages of the Civil War. Waugh, a journalist with the Christian Science Monitor and a historian (The Class ... Read full review

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An interesting read about perhaps the most important election in our nation's history. It also serves as a powerful remineder that despite all the rhetoric of our elected officials and talking heads ... Read full review

Contents

An Unquiet Spring
159
The Cleveland 400
172
War Weariness
203
j Showdown at the Capitol
213
Get Down You Fool
230
The Peaceseekers
246
The Band Played Dixie
276
Clearing the Track
295
Striking Up a Hallelujah
310
The Month of Splendid Auguries
332
xj Oysters at Midnight
347
In Appreciation
362
Sources
415
Index
439
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John C. Waugh, a newspaper journalist turned historical reporter, was long a staff correspondent and bureau chief for the Christian Science Monitor. He lives in Texas.

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