Stanton: Lincoln's Staunch Secretary of War by Walter Stahr

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Read Stanton: Lincoln's Staunch Secretary of War Online Free - Walter Stahr, award-winning author of the New York Times bestseller Seward, tells the story of Abraham Lincoln’s indispensable Secretary of War, Edwin Stanton, the man the president entrusted with raising the army that preserved the Union.

Of the crucial men close to President Lincoln, Secretary of War Edwin Stanton (1814–1869) was the most powerful and controversial. Stanton raised, armed, and supervised the army of a million men who won the Civil War. He organized the war effort. He directed military movements from his telegraph office, where Lincoln literally hung out with him. He arrested and imprisoned thousands for “war crimes,” such as resisting the draft or calling for an armistice. Stanton was so controversial that some accused him at that time of complicity in Lincoln’s assassination. He was a stubborn genius who was both reviled and revered in his time.

Stanton was a Democrat before the war and a prominent trial lawyer. He opposed slavery, but only in private. He served briefly as President Buchanan’s Attorney General and then as Lincoln’s aggressive Secretary of War. On the night of April 14, 1865, Stanton rushed to Lincoln’s deathbed and took over the government since Secretary of State William Seward had been critically wounded the same evening. He informed the nation of the President’s death, summoned General Grant to protect the Capitol, and started collecting the evidence from those who had been with the Lincolns at the theater in order to prepare a murder trial.

Now with this worthy complement to the enduring library of biographical accounts of those who helped Lincoln preserve the Union, Stanton honors the indispensable partner of the sixteenth president. Walter Stahr’s essential book is the first major biography of Stanton in fifty years, restoring this underexplored figure to his proper place in American history.

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ISBN : 1476739307
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 480 pages


Steven rated it ★★★★☆

October 14, 2017

When one thinks of impactful figures in American history few would come up with the name, Edwin M. Stanton. However, without Stanton the North would have had a much more difficult time defeating the South in the Civil War, the night Abraham Lincoln was assassinated someone else would have had to...

Jerome rated it ★★★★☆

December 15, 2017

An interesting, sympathetic and well-written biography of Stanton. Much of the book deals with the Civil War and Andrew Johnson’s impeachment (the war takes up most of the book, actually), but this is still a great portrait of the man. The narrative is compelling, and Stahr has a great grasp of th...

Jim rated it ★★★★☆

October 03, 2017

I am not a historian so I am not really in a position to question assumptions Walter Stahr makes in this expansive book. What I mean is that some assert that Stahr rehabilitates Stanton. To me we will better understand America if we really seek to become knowledgable of the times and events that...

Kevin rated it ★★★★☆

December 01, 2017

This was one of the first biographies that treated its subject as human. From the first chapter, you knew Stahr was not simply fawning over Stanton, but still respected him. Stanton was a complex and complicated political figure who knew how to play the game and get things done. When he said he w...

Scott rated it ★★★★★

October 19, 2017

Stanton, Lincoln’s War Secretary by Walter Staub is a comprehensive study of the Civil War and the aftermath told through the life of Edwin Stanton, who was the Secretary of War under Abraham Lincoln and Andrew Johnson. It is not light reading and is ‘not for the faint-hearted. The book is well d...

Lou rated it ★★★★☆

January 16, 2018

Very excellent book on Edwin Stanton Lincoln's War Secretary. After Lincoln and Grant possible the next one who saved the Union. Stahr makes this a very enjoyable and easy book to read, similiar in scope to his Seward book a few years back. Besides his dealings with Lincoln I thoroughly enjoy the...

Jim rated it ★★★★★

December 17, 2017

This is a complete biography of Stanton. His strengths helped Lincoln and the North win the Civil War. He had weaknesses and this is in the book too. A great reference book, and great read for Civil War and History fans, enjoy!

Lawrence rated it ★★★★☆

October 06, 2017

An interesting look at a man called to solve many logistical problems and also work with many of the great ego's during the Nation greatest crisis. American history scholars ought to read this important book to understand the period and many little known persons in our History.

Patrick rated it ★★★★★

December 12, 2017

Excellent biography! Well written and thoroughly researched.

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