Our One Common Country: Abraham Lincoln and the Hampton Roads Peace Conference of 1865

By James B. Conroy

[Read by means of Malcolm Hillgartner]

Our One universal Country explores the main serious assembly of the Civil conflict. Given brief shrift or ignored via many historians, the Hampton Roads convention of 1865 was once an important turning aspect within the battle among the States. during this good written and hugely documented booklet, James B. Conroy describes in attention-grabbing element what occurred while leaders from either side got here jointly to attempt to finish the hostilities. The assembly used to be intended to finish the combating on peaceable phrases. It failed, even if, and the warfare dragged on for 2 extra bloody, harmful months.

via meticulous study of either fundamental and secondary resources, Conroy tells the tale of the doomed peace negotiations throughout the characters who lived it. With a clean and quick viewpoint, Our One universal Country bargains an exhilarating and eye-opening investigate the shortcoming of our nation's leaders to discover a relaxed answer. The failure of the Hampton Roads convention formed the process American historical past and the way forward for America's wars to come back.

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Parting throngs of jubilant Rebels: Parker, p. 604. 138. Sarah Pryor’s come across with the commissioners: Pryor, recollections, pp. 327–29. 138. the place a low plateau fell away: cost close to fortress Hell, p. 1. 138. the paucity of Lee’s defenses: Hunter, “Peace Commission,” p. 171. 138. The commissioners’ passage throughout the strains: Petersburg show, February 2, 1865; Stephens, CV, vol. 2, p. 596; day-by-day Constitutional Union, February three, 1865; big apple occasions, December 31, 1916, p. E2; long island occasions, February three, 1865; long island day-by-day Tribune, February three, 1865; Willcox, p.

Fifty seven. 127. hold them from seeing troop activities: McElroy, p. 436. bankruptcy 15 128. provide on Stanton: supply, vol. 2, pp. 536–37. 128. obliged to defer to Stanton: Badeau, vol. three, p. 157. 128. incapable of chicanery: Dana, supply, p. 406. 128. “I decided to place a cease to this”: provide, vol. 2, p. 317. 129. Grant’s cord to Halleck: identity. , pp. 317–18. 129. Lincoln’s respond to Grant’s cord: identification. ; OR, ser. 1, vol. 37, pt. 2, p. 582. 129. “without preventing at Washington on my way”: supply, vol. 2, p. 319; see Smith, supply, pp. 379–80. 129.

Nicolay and John Hay, Abraham Lincoln: A background, 10 vols. (New York: Century corporation, 1917) (“Nicolay and Hay”), vol. nine, p. 251; Stahr, pp. 405–06. 28. letter from a Wisconsin editor: CW, vol. 7, pp. 499–501; McPherson, pp. 176–77. 28. tide was once surroundings opposed to him; Lincoln might lose Illinois: Randall and present, Lincoln, pp. 213–14; McPherson, pp. 177–78; Donald, Lincoln, pp. 523–30. 29. Raymond and Lincoln’s directions: CW, vol. 7, p. 517; Nicolay and Hay, vol. nine, pp. 217–21. 29. Lincoln steadied them: John Nicolay and Michael Burlingame, ed.

169. Raymond additionally wrote Lincoln crusade literature. See Henry J. Raymond, heritage of the management of President Abraham Lincoln (New York: J. C. Derby and N. C. Miller, 1864). 10. decrease its humans to peonage: manhattan instances, August five, 1865. 10. Governor Andrew on Lincoln: Randall and present, p. 225. eleven. The Democrats and their perspectives of Lincoln: e. g. , Brodie, passim; and Congressional Globe, January 6, 1865, pp. one hundred fifty and 154; January eight, 1865, p. 216; and January eleven, 1865, p. 225. eleven. Horace Greeley: The biographies from which a lot of this book’s references to Greeley are drawn are Mitchell Snay’s Horace Greeley and the Politics of Reform in Nineteenth-Century the USA (Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2011) (“Snay”); Robert C.

Colonel Hatch was once given depart to accompany the commissioners to provide. A request that Mr. Stephens’s “servant” be allowed to aid him used to be granted too. Bellmen in blue took the gentlemen’s trunks, leaving Ben Travis loose to maintain his grasp ambulatory. the explicit stated they approached the yank traces by way of the Baxter street. extra colorfully, the days stated they crossed at citadel Hell. The cheers on each side raised their chins. so far as possible see, “the breastworks have been darkish with men,” a few surveying the scene with spyglasses.

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