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A House Divided: May, 2011

Posted at 05:25 PM ET, 05/31/2011

Harold Holzer: President Lincoln suspended the Writ of Habeas Corpus along the military lines between Philadelphia and Annapolis in April; was it used primarily as a political tool to harass and intimidate residents?

Lincoln’s controversial decision to suspend the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus between Philadelphia and Annapolis 150 years ago can indeed be seen--at least on one level--as political. After all, had the beleaguered president permitted political and press activity...

By Harold Holzer  |  05:25 PM ET, 05/31/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:25 PM ET, 05/31/2011

Brag Bowling: President Lincoln suspended the Writ of Habeas Corpus along the military lines between Philadelphia and Annapolis in April; was it used primarily as a political tool to harass and intimidate residents?

General Sherman was famously quoted that , “War is Hell”. Suppression of internal dissent can prove hellish also. Maryland would prove to be the laboratory for many of President Abraham Lincoln’s more draconian policies. Lincoln early on recognized Maryland’s strategic...

By Brag Bowling  |  05:25 PM ET, 05/31/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:42 AM ET, 05/31/2011

Frank Williams: President Lincoln suspended the Writ of Habeas Corpus along the military lines between Philadelphia and Annapolis in April; was it used primarily as a political tool to harass and intimidate residents?

It is easy for us to forget the uncertainties surrounding America at the beginning of the Civil War. After the surrender of Fort Sumter in April 1861, President Lincoln took drastic measures as part of his strategy to resist Southern...

By Frank Williams  |  09:42 AM ET, 05/31/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:21 AM ET, 05/31/2011

John Marszalek: President Lincoln suspended the Writ of Habeas Corpus along the military line between Philadelphia and Annapolis; was it used primarily as a politcal tool to harass and intimidate residents?

On April 27, 1861 after the mob attack on Union troops in Baltimore, Maryland, Abraham Lincoln issued the order suspending the writ of habeas corpus. He based this statement on his belief that the war powers of the president, particularly...

By John Marszalek  |  09:21 AM ET, 05/31/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:07 PM ET, 05/23/2011

Wal-Mart announces new location for controversial Virginia store

The preservation organizations that opposed a proposed Wal-Mart store on the Wilderness Battlefield in Orange County, Va. during a well-publicized court battle have jointly issued a press release today praising the retail giant for its new proposed site.

By Linda Wheeler  |  03:07 PM ET, 05/23/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:54 PM ET, 05/23/2011

Craig Symonds: Did secession come because of the work of a minority of hot heads or was it a near universal movement in the South?

The primary impetus to secession came from a dedicated and single-minded political minority. It may or may not be appropriate to call them “hot heads” or “fire-eaters” (the term then in use), but without doubt they were self-conscious revolutionaries who...

By Craig Symonds  |  02:54 PM ET, 05/23/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:53 PM ET, 05/23/2011

Brag Bowling: Did secession come because of the work of a minority of hot heads or was it a near universal movement in the South?

The word “secession” was originally coined in July, 1787, during the Constitutional Convention. From that time on, a large and influential body of opinion in every part of the country considered secession an inalienable right of any state. Nearly all...

By Brag Bowling  |  02:53 PM ET, 05/23/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:51 PM ET, 05/23/2011

Waite Rawls: Did secession come because of the work of a minority of hot heads or was it a near universal movement in the South?

It is difficult for us today, even with the benefit of hindsight, to understand the motivations of the people of the day. And we are led to believe that there were only two sections of the country--the abolitionist North and...

By Waite Rawls  |  02:51 PM ET, 05/23/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:51 PM ET, 05/23/2011

Frank Williams: Did secession come because of the work of a minority of hot heads or was it a near universal movement in the South?

It is difficult for us today, even with the benefit of hindsight, to understand the motivations of the people of the day. And we are led to believe that there were only two sections of the country--the abolitionist North and...

By Frank Williams  |  02:51 PM ET, 05/23/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:51 PM ET, 05/20/2011

Jackson’s Great Train Raid revisited

Next weekend, an unusual sort of Civil War re-enactment is planned in Strasburg, about 80 miles west of Washington. When Col. Thomas Jackson stole several B&O railroad locomotives from Martinsburg early in the war, he had to find...

By Lynda Wheeler  |  12:51 PM ET, 05/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:15 AM ET, 05/16/2011

Frank Williams:When the war started, it was going to be a short one. What happened?

When the war started both sides underestimated the passion and intensity of the other. President Lincoln called for 75,000 volunteers to serve for only three months - his estimate of the duration of the rebellion. He pressed for the engagement...

By Frank Williams  |  11:15 AM ET, 05/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:15 AM ET, 05/16/2011

John Marszalek: When the war started, it was going to be a short one. What happened?

When the war started, both sides thought it was not going to last long. One Rebel could easily defeat ten Yankees, that nation of shopkeepers, many southerners announced. All it would take, Federals believed conversely, was one strong push, and...

By John Marszalek  |  11:15 AM ET, 05/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:14 AM ET, 05/16/2011

Scott Hartwig: When the war started, it was going to be a short one. What happened?

Many in the country, outside of the military, thought the war would be brief; some believed that one major battle would convince the other side to negotiate for peace resulting either in a restored Union or a reduced United States...

By Scott Hartwig  |  11:14 AM ET, 05/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:26 AM ET, 05/16/2011

Tweeting the Civil War: The military buildup continues

The Washington Post is tweeting the Civil War, in the words of the people who lived it -- from journals, letters, official records and newspapers of the day. This week in 1861,the military buildup on both sides increases. Maryland’s likelihood of secession decreases as the union grip on the state tightens.

By Timothy R. Smith  |  10:26 AM ET, 05/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:26 AM ET, 05/16/2011

Tweeting the Civil War: The military buildup continues

The Washington Post is tweeting the Civil War, in the words of the people who lived it -- from journals, letters, official records and newspapers of the day. This week in 1861,the military buildup on both sides increases. Maryland’s likelihood of secession decreases as the union grip on the state tightens.

By Timothy R. Smith  |  10:26 AM ET, 05/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:04 PM ET, 05/06/2011

Tweeting the Civil War: Lincoln expands the naval blockade

The Washington Post is tweeting the Civil War, in the words of the people who lived it -- from journals, letters, official records and newspapers of the day. This week in 1861, Lincoln expands the naval blockade.

By Mary Hadar  |  04:04 PM ET, 05/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:45 PM ET, 05/02/2011

Harvard University president to tell war stories tonight

Harvard University President and Civil War scholar Drew Gilpin Faust is giving the 40th annual Jefferson Lecture in the Humanities tonight which is sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities and is the highest honor the federal government confers for distinguished intellectual achievement in the humanities.

By Linda Wheeler  |  08:45 PM ET, 05/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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