By Daniel W. Crofts
"The Diary of a Public Man," released anonymously in different installments within the North American evaluation in 1879, claimed to provide verbatim bills of mystery conversations with Abraham Lincoln, William H. Seward, and Stephen A. Douglas -- between others -- within the determined weeks prior to the beginning of the Civil battle. regardless of repeated makes an attempt to decipher the Diary, historians by no means were capable of pinpoint its writer or make certain its authenticity. In A Secession obstacle Enigma, Daniel W. Crofts solves those longstanding mysteries. He identifies the writer, unravels the exciting tale in the back of the Diary, and deftly establishes its contents as principally real. in line with Crofts, the Diary used to be now not a diary in any respect yet a memoir, most likely written almost immediately ahead of it seemed in print. The mastermind who created it, manhattan journalist William Henry Hurlbert (1827--1895), effectively perpetrated probably the most tricky feats of ancient license -- he pretended to were a diarist who by no means existed. Crofts contends, even if, that Hurlbert's paintings used to be faraway from fictional. Time after time, the Diary introduces fabric almost very unlikely to manufacture besides formerly hid details that was once corroborated in simple terms after its ebook. The Diary bristles with distinct info concerning the fight to form Lincoln's cupboard and the composition of his inaugural deal with.
Crofts's cautious research, followed via the complete textual content of the Diary in an appendix, bargains a daring new viewpoint at the frantic scramble to opposite southern secession whereas warding off the abyss of battle. Hurlbert, a long-forgotten eccentric genius, emerges vividly right here. half detective tale, half biography, and half a close narrative of occasions in early 1861, A Secession challenge Enigma provides a compelling solution to an everlasting secret and brings "The Diary of a Public guy" again into the historic lexicon.
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7, 1895. 2. Jeffrey N. Lash, A Politician Turned General: The Civil War Career of Stephen Augustus Hurlbut (Kent, Ohio: Kent State Univ. Press, 2003), 1–10, 25–27. 3 Another of young Hurlbert’s classmates, Charles Godfrey Leland, a future philologist, used his artistic talent to delight his friends with drawings and sketches—indeed, Leland may well have stimulated the sophisticated appreciation of visual art that Hurlbert demonstrated as an adult. Leland also wrote, however, a disturbing recollection of the “simply intolerable” demands that Martin Luther Hurlbut imposed on his students.
145–68, quotation on 145. A notation in Box 39 of the Frank Maloy Anderson Papers, Library of Congress, shows that in February 1930 he was trying to track Hurlbert’s movements during the secession winter. A year and a half later, however, Anderson was so eager to know more about Sam Ward that he sought an interview with Maud Howe Elliott, Ward’s niece. Anderson to Elliott, Aug. 31, 1931, Samuel Ward Papers, Houghton Library, Harvard University. 6. , Sam Ward in the Gold Rush (Stanford: Stanford Univ.
3–4, 382. 11. , 132–34, 380–82. 38 A Secession Crisis Enigma Stangrave discovers, however, that the object of his affections is not Italian at all but is instead a runaway American quadroon slave, living incognito in England (the hero of the novel, Tom Tunstall, had enabled her to escape). ” She assumes that Stangrave, the brilliant cosmopolitan, cared too much about “wealth, luxury, art, brilliant company, admiration” to enter a marriage that would exclude him from high society. ”12 Kingsley thereby created an impasse for which there was no solution, had the novel stayed true to the racially dichotomized reality that prevailed in the United States.
A Secession Crisis Enigma: William Henry Hurlbert and The Diary of a Public Man by Daniel W. Crofts