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Stanton : Lincoln's war secretary

Author: Walter Stahr; Frank and Virginia Williams Collection of Lincolniana (Mississippi State University. Libraries)
Publisher: New York, NY : Simon & Schuster, [2017] ©2017
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : First Simon & Schuster hardcover editionView all editions and formats
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"Walter Stahr, author of the New York Times bestseller Seward, now tells the amazing story of Lincoln's secretary of war, Edwin Stanton, the most powerful and controversial of the men close to the president. Stanton raised an army of a million men and directed it from his Washington telegraph office, with Lincoln often at his side. He arrested and imprisoned thousands for "war crimes," some serious and some merely  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographies
Biography
History
Nonfiction
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Stahr, Walter.
Stanton.
New York : Simon & Schuster, 2017
(DLC) 2017024010
Named Person: Edwin M Stanton; Abraham Lincoln; Abraham Lincoln; Edwin M Stanton; Edwin M Stanton
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Walter Stahr; Frank and Virginia Williams Collection of Lincolniana (Mississippi State University. Libraries)
ISBN: 9781476739304 1476739307 9781476739311 1476739315
OCLC Number: 987437170
Notes: "August 2017"--Title page verso.
Description: xix, 743 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: "Dreams of future greatness" : 1814-1836 --
"Obstinate Democrat" : 1837-1847 --
"The blackest place" : 1847-1856 --
"Untiring industry" : 1857-1860 --
"Surrounded by secessionists" : 1860-1861 --
"Disgrace & disaster" : 1861-1862 --
"Put forth every energy" : January-March 1862 --
"The vilest man I ever knew" : April-June 1862 --
"Hours are precious" : July-December 1862 --
"Indomitable energy" : January-June 1863 --
"Too serious for jokes" : July-December 1863 --
"You cannot die better" : January-June 1864 --
"Tower of strength" : July-November 1864 --
"Gratitude to Almighty God" : November 1864-April 1865 --
"The stain of innocent blood" : April-July 1865 --
"A born tyrant" : 1865-1866 --
"Wily old minister" : 1866-1867 --
"Stand firm!" : 1867-1868 --
"Final charge" : 1868-1869 --
"Strangely blended."
Other Titles: Lincoln's war secretary
Responsibility: Walter Stahr.

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"Walter Stahr, author of the New York Times bestseller Seward, now tells the amazing story of Lincoln's secretary of war, Edwin Stanton, the most powerful and controversial of the men close to the president. Stanton raised an army of a million men and directed it from his Washington telegraph office, with Lincoln often at his side. He arrested and imprisoned thousands for "war crimes," some serious and some merely political. He was essential to the nation's survival, and Lincoln never wavered in his support for Stanton. As Lincoln lay dying, Stanton took over the government, informing the nation of the attacks on Lincoln and others, starting the investigation of the assassination, Under Lincoln's successor, Andrew Johnson, Stanton insisted that the army had to remain in the South, to protect blacks and Unionists, while the president wanted to withdraw the troops. It was Johnson's ill-advised attempt to remove Stanton that led to the first impeachment of a president, an impeachment Johnson survived by a single vote. The New York diarist George Templeton Strong described Stanton after his death as 'honest, patriotic, able, indefatigable, warm-hearted, unselfish, incorruptible, arbitrary, capricious, tyrannical, vindictive, hateful, and cruel." But Stanton was also Lincoln's "right-hand man," responsible with Lincoln and Grant for saving the Union. In this, the first full biography of Stanton in fifty years, Stahr restores this complicated American hero to his proper place in our national story." -- Provided by publisher

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