By Daniel W. Crofts

ISBN-10: 0807135917

ISBN-13: 9780807135914

"The Diary of a Public Man," released anonymously in different installments within the North American overview in 1879, claimed to supply verbatim bills of mystery conversations with Abraham Lincoln, William H. Seward, and Stephen A. Douglas -- between others -- within the determined weeks previous to the beginning of the Civil struggle. regardless of repeated makes an attempt to decipher the Diary, historians by no means were in a position to pinpoint its writer or ascertain its authenticity. In A Secession main issue Enigma, Daniel W. Crofts solves those longstanding mysteries. He identifies the writer, unravels the exciting tale at the back of the Diary, and deftly establishes its contents as mostly real. in accordance with Crofts, the Diary was once now not a diary in any respect yet a memoir, most likely written presently prior to 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, notwithstanding, that Hurlbert's paintings was once faraway from fictional. Time after time, the Diary introduces fabric almost most unlikely to manufacture besides formerly hid info that used to be corroborated in basic terms after its ebook. The Diary bristles with specific info in regards to the fight to form Lincoln's cupboard and the composition of his inaugural deal with.

Crofts's cautious research, followed by way of the total textual content of the Diary in an appendix, deals a daring new point of view at the frantic scramble to opposite southern secession whereas averting the abyss of struggle. Hurlbert, a long-forgotten eccentric genius, emerges vividly right here. half detective tale, half biography, and half a close narrative of occasions in early 1861, A Secession problem Enigma provides a compelling solution to a permanent secret and brings "The Diary of a Public guy" again into the ancient lexicon.

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