Perhaps the hardest-working member of the cabinet, Welles still found time to keep a detailed diary that has become one of the key documents for understanding the inner workings of the Lincoln administration. In this new edition, William E. and Erica L. Gienapp have restored Welles’s original observations, gleaned from the manuscript diaries at the Library of Congress and freed from his many later revisions, so that the reader can experience what he wrote in the moment. With his vitriolic pen, Welles captures the bitter disputes over strategy and war aims, lacerates colleagues from Secretary of State William H. Seward to General-in-Chief Henry Halleck, and condemns the actions of the self-serving southern elite he sees as responsible for the war. He can just as easily wax eloquent about the Navy's wartime achievements, extoll the virtues of Lincoln, or drop in a tidbit of Washington gossip.
Carefully edited and extensively annotated, this edition contains a wealth of supplementary material. The several appendixes include short biographies of the members of Lincoln’s cabinet, the retrospective Welles wrote after leaving office covering the period missing from the diary proper, and important letters regarding naval matters and international law.
Welles describes his role and that of many other prominent men of his day in this fascinating chronicle of the American Civil War and its aftermath. You'll get an inside view of the machinations within and around Lincoln's administration, along with personal anecdotes.
Welles brilliantly took a Navy Department in disarray and forged it into a formidable instrument of Union power. He was instrumental in helping to win the war.
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Every memoir of the American Civil War provides us with another view of the catastrophe that changed the country forever.
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From an insider's perspective, Welles provides a look at how he observed the evolution of Lincoln's thinking and the direction of his administration.
For the first time, this long-out-of-print book is available as an affordable, well-formatted book for e-readers and smartphones.
Be sure to LOOK INSIDE or download a sample.