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1861 Civil War Lincoln Secession Fremont Bull Run Nicolay Hay


1861 Civil War Lincoln Secession Fremont Bull Run Nicolay Hay

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1861 Civil War Lincoln Secession Fremont Bull Run Nicolay Hay

This historic 120+ year old ORIGINAL vintage article, Abraham Lincoln:  A History,  was carefully removed from the Century Magazine, published in 1888.  Written by John G. Nicolay and John Hay, private secretaries to the president, the article is 23 pages long.  The page size is 6 ¼ x 9 ¼ .  (00011)

History sections of this article include:

  • The Advance
  • Bull Run
  • Fremont
  • Military Emancipation

Condition:   Good Condition with some light toning to the pages due to ageBull

Excerpt from the article:


"SECESSION sophistry about oppression and subjugation was sufficiently answered, by the practical logic of the Southern States in collecting armies and uniting in military leagues. Military necessity, not political expediency, was now the unavoidable rule of action. The Washington authorities had long foreseen that merely filling
the National capital with Northern regiments would not by itself give security to the Government buildings and archives. The presidential mansion, the Capitol, and the various department offices all lay within easy reach of rebel batteries which might rise in a single night at commanding points on the southern bank of the Potomac, and from which hostile shot and shell could speedily reduce the whole city to ruins. As early, therefore, as the 3d of May, Scott instructed General Mansfield, the local commander, to seize and fortify Arlington Heights. Various causes produced a postponement of the design, urgent as was the necessity; but finally the  needed reinforcements arrived. Under plans carefully matured, the Union forces commanded by Brigadier-General Irvin McDowell on the morning of May 24 made their advance across the Potomac River and entered Virginia. Here was begun that formidable system of earth-works, crowning every hill in an irregular line for perhaps ten miles, extending from the river-bend above Georgetown to the bay into which Hunting Creek flows, below Alexandria, which constituted such an immense military strength, and so important a moral support to the Army of the Potomac, and, indeed, to the Union sentiment of the whole country during the entire war."

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