Best of the Blogs (6-23-2017)

  1. (June 23, 2017) Over at Grant Under Fire, Joe Rose draws attention to one of the most original Civil War historians of a bygone era, Otto Eisenschiml, who first established an excellent reputation as an industrial chemist before becoming engrossed in Civil War historiography. While Eisenschiml is thought provoking, Rose cautions that “Eisenschiml’s conclusions may be very wrong, at times, [but] his attempt to look at the evidence in a scientific way seems to me to be the only way to go.”
  2. cites Lincoln’s Secretary of State, William H. Seward, trying to convince the new president that the only possible result from reinforcing Fort Sumter would mean “…that we have inaugurated a civil war by our own act, without adequate object…

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