(May 12, 2017) Provided below are links to selected Civil War and Reconstruction articles I read during the past week. Some are from current publications and others are from older ones, now conveniently available on the Internet.
1. C. Vann Woodward’s discussion of Ulysses Grant’s Presidency in American Heritage was published sixty years ago before later historians rewrote the narrative.
2. Forty years after the Civil War ended Republican Party leader and future president, William Howard Taft, urged North Carolina Carpetbaggers to stop seeking office merely to gain access to political spoils.
3. Although the recorded soldier vote in the wartime 1864 presidential election heavily favored Lincoln, author Jonathan White claims that the statistics overstate the president’s support because many soldiers opposing Lincoln were systematically prevented from voting.