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By Daniel W. Crofts

"The Diary of a Public Man," released anonymously in different installments within the North American overview in 1879, claimed to supply verbatim money owed of mystery conversations with Abraham Lincoln, William H. Seward, and Stephen A. Douglas--among others--in the determined weeks in advance of the beginning of the Civil battle. regardless of repeated makes an attempt to decipher the Diary, historians by no means were capable of pinpoint its writer or make certain its authenticity. In A Secession problem Enigma, Daniel W. Crofts solves those longstanding mysteries. He identifies the writer, unravels the interesting tale at the back of the Diary, and deftly establishes its contents as mostly actual. in response to Crofts, the Diary was once no longer a diary in any respect yet a memoir, most likely written presently sooner than it seemed in print. The mastermind who created it, long island journalist William Henry Hurlbert (1827-1895), effectively perpetrated essentially the most tricky feats of old license--he pretended to were a diarist who by no means existed. Crofts contends, in spite of the fact that, that Hurlbert's paintings was once faraway from fictional. Time after time, the Diary introduces fabric almost most unlikely to manufacture in addition to formerly hid details that used to be corroborated merely after its booklet. The Diary bristles with distinctive info concerning the fight to form Lincoln's cupboard and the composition of his inaugural tackle. Crofts's cautious research, observed by way of the total textual content of the Diary in an appendix, bargains a daring new standpoint at the frantic scramble to opposite southern secession whereas warding off the abyss of warfare. Hurlbert, a long-forgotten eccentric genius, emerges vividly the following. half detective tale, half biography, and half a close narrative of occasions in early 1861, A Secession trouble Enigma offers a compelling solution to an everlasting secret and brings "The Diary of a Public guy" again into the ancient lexicon.

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Hope loves Malbone “ardently” and is “blind” to his shortcomings. Her fiancé, just arrived back from Europe, has brought with him Hope’s younger half-sister, Emilia. 30 Of course Emilia became infatuated with Malbone. She decided that he would favor her over her half-sister. Malbone, who found that “no lawful passion can ever be so bewildering or ecstatic as an unlawful one,” kept Emilia in 28. Higginson later stated that Hurlbert provided the basis for his fictional Malbone. Higginson, Cheerful Yesterdays, 107.

Lash, A Politician Turned General, 26. 36 A Secession Crisis Enigma in Europe. 6 To supplement the known facts about Hurlbert’s young life, the historian must also make use of unconventional sources. Three writers who knew Hurlbert—Charles Kingsley, Theodore Winthrop, and Thomas Wentworth Higginson—each used him as the basis for a character in a novel. Their portraits offer many insights into his personality. Published between 1857 and 1869, the three works of creative imagination each provide a distinct angle of vision.

Anderson, Mystery, 126–35, quotations on 130, 134. 5. , 145–68, quotation on 145. A notation in Box 39 of the Frank Maloy Anderson Papers, Library of Congress, shows that in February 1930 he was trying to track Hurlbert’s movements during the secession winter. A year and a half later, however, Anderson was so eager to know more about Sam Ward that he sought an interview with Maud Howe Elliott, Ward’s niece. Anderson to Elliott, Aug. 31, 1931, Samuel Ward Papers, Houghton Library, Harvard University.

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