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By Daniel W. Crofts

"The Diary of a Public Man," released anonymously in numerous installments within the North American overview in 1879, claimed to supply verbatim debts of mystery conversations with Abraham Lincoln, William H. Seward, and Stephen A. Douglas--among others--in the determined weeks previous to the beginning of the Civil battle. regardless of repeated makes an attempt to decipher the Diary, historians by no means were in a position to pinpoint its writer or be certain its authenticity. In A Secession hindrance Enigma, Daniel W. Crofts solves those longstanding mysteries. He identifies the writer, unravels the fascinating tale at the back of the Diary, and deftly establishes its contents as principally real. in response to Crofts, the Diary was once now not a diary in any respect yet a memoir, most likely written almost immediately prior to it seemed in print. The mastermind who created it, big apple journalist William Henry Hurlbert (1827-1895), effectively perpetrated essentially the most tough feats of ancient license--he pretended to were a diarist who by no means existed. Crofts contends, notwithstanding, that Hurlbert's paintings was once faraway from fictional. Time after time, the Diary introduces fabric nearly very unlikely to manufacture besides formerly hid info that used to be corroborated in simple terms after its ebook. The Diary bristles with targeted information concerning the fight to form Lincoln's cupboard and the composition of his inaugural handle. Crofts's cautious research, followed via the total textual content of the Diary in an appendix, deals a daring new viewpoint at the frantic scramble to opposite southern secession whereas heading off the abyss of conflict. Hurlbert, a long-forgotten eccentric genius, emerges vividly the following. half detective tale, half biography, and half an in depth narrative of occasions in early 1861, A Secession trouble Enigma offers a compelling solution to a permanent secret and brings "The Diary of a Public guy" again into the historic lexicon.

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Higginson is best remembered as a radical abolitionist who aided John Brown, commanded a black regiment during the Civil War, and, in later years, encouraged the reclusive poet Emily Dickinson. Of greatest importance here, Higginson and Hurlbert were devoted to each other in college. Soon after they first met in 1845, Higginson wrote admiringly to his mother about the young Carolinian, “a true Southerner, the best sort,—slender 21. , 227–29, 256–73, 275, 281, 355–60. 22. , 178. ”23 The two became inseparable.

Edinburgh: David Douglas, 1888). 21. David I. Holmes, “The Evolution of Stylometry in Humanities Scholarship,” Literary and Linguistic Computing 13 (1998): 111–17, quotations on 111. See also David I. Holmes, Lesley J. Gordon, and Christine Wilson, “A Widow and Her Soldier: Stylometry and the American Civil War,” Literary and Linguistic Computing 16 (2001): 403–20; David I. Holmes, Michael Robertson, and Roxanna Paez, “Stephen Crane and the New-York Tribune: A Case Study in Traditional and Non-Traditional Authorship Attribution,” Computers and the Humanities 35 (August 2001): 315–31; Matthew L.

Fearful of a collision and contemptuous of extremists of both parties, Ward observed apprehensively that “Blondin carried a man on stilts across the Niagara chasm; but Mr. ”7 For purposes of analysis, therefore, we have an abundance of material that Ward wrote in early 1861. At precisely the time the political crisis was reaching its most acute phase, he was crafting a substantial essay each week on an entirely different subject. Do the gold rush memoir and “The Diary of a Public Man” match up?

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