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Presidents' War: Six American Presidents and the Civil War That Divided Them by Chris DeRose

Presidents' War: Six American Presidents and the Civil War That Divided Them by Chris DeRose

Author:Chris DeRose [DeRose, Chris]
Language: eng
Format: epub
Publisher: Lyons Press
Published: 2014-06-06T00:00:00+00:00


The western counties of Virginia, possessing few slaves and strong Union sentiment, met in convention to form their own state government. Not yet proclaiming themselves a separate state, they rather held themselves out as the legitimate government of all of Virginia. The Confederates were determined to hold the disputed territory, just as the Union was committed to driving them out.

It was 4:00 a.m. on July 12, the sixth time that night Lincoln was awoken by a knock on the door from Colonel Daniel Butterfield, his military secretary.* Wearing nothing but a red flannel shirt, which he struggled to hold down in front of him, Lincoln answered the door. “Colonel, do you ever sleep?”

* Butterfield’s lasting legacy is as the composer of the song “Taps,” played most often at military funerals.



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