The Dark Intrigue: The True Story of a Civil War Conspiracy

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Fulcrum Publishing, 2007 - History - 308 pages
The Dark Intrigue tells for the first time the incredible story of how leaders of an American political party, during the Civil War, conferred cordially with enemy agents in a foreign country in a scheme to oust the president of the United States and enforce peace without victory.

Most Northerners initially supported Abraham Lincoln's war against the Southern Confederacy to save the Union. But later, many turned against it when the death toll soared above a half million. Hoping to recapture the White House as a "peace party," leading Democrats met with Confederate agents in the summer of 1864 and discussed ways to end the war-not win it. Lincoln charged that one Confederate agent, C. C. Clay, had convinced the Democrats to orchestrate an armistice. This intriguing book reveals letters from Clay that confirm Lincoln's suspicions. A fascinating read, The Dark Intrigue brings an important piece of Civil War history to light.

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Contents

Chapter
7
Chapter Four
19
Chapter Five
26
Chapter
33
Chapter Eight
41
Chapter Nine
47
Chapter
53
Dont Care a Damn
59
Chapter TwentyFive
151
Chapter TwentySix
158
Chapter TwentySeven
166
Chapter TwentyEight
173
Chapter TwentyNine
179
Chapter Thirty
196
Chapter ThirtyTwo
205
Chapter ThirtyThree
213

Lincoln Exiles Vallandigham
66
Chapter Thirteen
72
Chapter Fourteen
80
Antiwar Feeling Rises
86
Chapter Eighteen
107
Chapter Twenty
117
Chapter TwentyThree
138
Chapter TwentyFour
145
Chapter ThirtyFive
226
Chapter ThirtySix
234
Chapter ThirtySeven
240
Chapter ThirtyEight
245
Chapter ThirtyNine
252
Abbreviations
263
Bibliography
295
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Frank van der Linden became a Civil War historian after nearly half a century as a Washington newspaper correspondent, covering Congress and the White House. He first interviewed President Harry Truman at a poker party for congressional Democrats in 1945 and closed his White House career with President George H. W. Bush.

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