By Daniel W. Crofts
"The Diary of a Public Man," released anonymously in numerous installments within the North American evaluation in 1879, claimed to provide verbatim debts of mystery conversations with Abraham Lincoln, William H. Seward, and Stephen A. Douglas--among others--in the determined weeks ahead of the beginning of the Civil conflict. regardless of repeated makes an attempt to decipher the Diary, historians by no means were capable of pinpoint its writer or be certain its authenticity. In A Secession situation Enigma, Daniel W. Crofts solves those longstanding mysteries. He identifies the writer, unravels the interesting tale in the back of the Diary, and deftly establishes its contents as mostly actual. in response to Crofts, the Diary was once now not a diary in any respect yet a memoir, most likely written almost immediately prior to it seemed in print. The mastermind who created it, ny journalist William Henry Hurlbert (1827-1895), effectively perpetrated some of the most tricky feats of old license--he pretended to were a diarist who by no means existed. Crofts contends, besides the fact that, that Hurlbert's paintings was once faraway from fictional. Time after time, the Diary introduces fabric almost most unlikely to manufacture in addition to formerly hid info that was once corroborated basically after its booklet. The Diary bristles with distinct information concerning the fight to form Lincoln's cupboard and the composition of his inaugural handle. Crofts's cautious research, followed via the entire 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 conflict. Hurlbert, a long-forgotten eccentric genius, emerges vividly the following. half detective tale, half biography, and half an in depth narrative of occasions in early 1861, A Secession trouble Enigma provides a compelling solution to an everlasting secret and brings "The Diary of a Public guy" again into the old lexicon.
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And once he hit upon Ward, Anderson marginalized Hurlbert, who spent the winter three hundred miles away in New York City. Anderson could not accept that anyone simply fabricated the entire Diary. He knew that Hurlbert had talent, but he did not quite recognize the man’s extraordinary literary versatility. 12. Eugene Benson, “W. H. Hurlbut,” The Galaxy (Jan. 1869): 30–34. 13. Anderson, Mystery, 134–35, 169–70. 26 A Secession Crisis Enigma Hurlbert’s enormous printed output facilitates comparisons.
Eight years before, in 1852, Sanders crippled Douglas by using the United States Democratic Review to attack his rivals for the Democratic nomination. The ill will generated by Sanders meant that a dark horse, Franklin Pierce, emerged as the convention nominee that year, rather than Douglas. Whatever the reason, Douglas once again turned to Sanders in 1859. Robert W. Johannsen, Stephen A. Douglas (New York: Oxford Univ. Press, 1973), 346–47, 360–63, 732, 761, 853–54; George Fort Milton, The Eve of Conflict: Stephen A.
We immediately learn why he never could identify comfortably either with the North or the South. Hurlbert was born in 1827 in Charleston, South Carolina. 1 The elder Hurlbut remained a self-conscious Yankee who nonetheless owned slaves. Hurlbert’s mother, Margaret Ashburner Morford Hurlbut, his father’s second wife, was a native of Princeton, New Jersey. 2 Fragmentary evidence hints that William’s childhood was difficult and intense. His father, described by one observer as “a quiet, dignified, and scholarly man,” struck others as an oppressive disciplinarian and pedant.
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