366 Days in Abraham Lincoln's Presidency: The Private, Political, and Military Decisions of America's Greatest President

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In a startlingly innovative format, journalist Stephen A. Wynalda has constructed a painstakingly detailed day-by-day breakdown of president Abraham Lincoln’s decisions in office including his signing of the Homestead Act on May 20, 1862; his signing of the legislation enacting the first federal income tax on August 5, 1861; and more personal incidents like the day his eleven-year-old son, Willie, died. Revealed are Lincoln’s private frustrations on September 28, 1862, as he wrote to vice president Hannibal Hamlin, The North responds to the [Emancipation] proclamation sufficiently with breath; but breath alone kills no rebels.”

366 Days in Abraham Lincoln’s Presidency includes fascinating facts like how Lincoln hated to hunt but loved to fire guns near the unfinished Washington monument, how he was the only president to own a patent, and how he recited Scottish poetry to relieve stress. As Scottish historian Hugh Blair said, It is from private life, from familiar, domestic, and seemingly trivial occurrences, that we most often receive light into the real character.”

Covering 366 nonconsecutive days (including a leap day) of Lincoln’s presidency, this is a rich, exciting new perspective of our most famous president. This is a must-have edition for any historian, military history or civil war buff, or reader of biographies.

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Stephen A. Wynalda is a journalist, civil war buff, and freelance writer. His fiction has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. He lives in Camby, Indiana.

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This volume of recreational history lets readers browse through a Civil War's worth of presidential decisions. From the mundane to the weighty, they were selected and arranged, indicates author Wynalda, to illuminate what most biographers of Lincoln confront: an elusive ambiguity about their subject. Whether or not he cracks the code, Wynalda certainly enlivens the Lincoln persona. This pertains especially to incidents that don't always make the cut in biographies, such as those revealing Lincoln's temper. However, Wynalda is strongly drawn to Lincoln's merciful side, citing numerous dates on which Lincoln granted reprieves to condemned men, though he conscientiously includes cases a sterner Lincoln let proceed to the gallows. Alongside Lincoln decisions affecting individual petitioners, who obtained remarkably easy access to the White House, Wynalda includes historical decisions related to military operations and signings or vetoes of congressional bills, carefully noting with Lincoln's calculations who entered his office for the occasion. With calendar-style organization showing Lincoln's attitudes and responses to the course of events, Wynalda's vignettes accessibly introduce the Civil War's key historical character. --Gilbert Taylor

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