By Daniel W. Crofts
"The Diary of a Public Man," released anonymously in numerous installments within the North American overview in 1879, claimed to provide verbatim bills 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 struggle. regardless of repeated makes an attempt to decipher the Diary, historians by no means were capable of pinpoint its writer or ensure its authenticity. In A Secession situation Enigma, Daniel W. Crofts solves those longstanding mysteries. He identifies the writer, unravels the fascinating tale in the back of the Diary, and deftly establishes its contents as mostly actual. based on Crofts, the Diary was once now not a diary in any respect yet a memoir, most likely written presently ahead of it seemed in print. The mastermind who created it, manhattan journalist William Henry Hurlbert (1827-1895), effectively perpetrated some of the most tough feats of ancient license--he pretended to were a diarist who by no means existed. Crofts contends, in spite of the fact that, that Hurlbert's paintings used to be faraway from fictional. Time after time, the Diary introduces fabric almost most unlikely to manufacture besides formerly hid info that was once corroborated in simple terms after its book. The Diary bristles with specific information in regards to the fight to form Lincoln's cupboard and the composition of his inaugural tackle. Crofts's cautious research, followed through the total textual content of the Diary in an appendix, bargains a daring new viewpoint at the frantic scramble to opposite southern secession whereas heading off the abyss of warfare. Hurlbert, a long-forgotten eccentric genius, emerges vividly right here. half detective tale, half biography, and half an in depth narrative of occasions in early 1861, A Secession drawback Enigma offers a compelling solution to a permanent secret and brings "The Diary of a Public guy" again into the old lexicon.
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27 Keeping this context in mind, let us turn to Higginson’s only novel. Malbone: 23. Thomas Wentworth Higginson to Louisa Higginson, Sept. 20, 1845, Thomas Wentworth Higginson Papers, Houghton Library, Harvard University. 24. Tilden G. Edelstein, Strange Enthusiasm: A Life of Thomas Wentworth Higginson (New Haven: Yale Univ. Press, 1968), 64. 25. William Henry Hurlbut to Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Sept. 3, 1847, Higginson Papers; Edelstein, Strange Enthusiasm, 77. 26. Thomas Wentworth Higginson to William Henry Hurlbut, Oct.
In 1838, one of his friends pointed a supposedly unloaded pistol between William’s eyes and pulled the trigger. 4 Martin Luther Hurlbut died unexpectedly in January 1843. William and his mother and sisters promptly returned to South Carolina. There the precocious fifteen-year-old came under the influence of his half brother, Stephen Augustus Hurlbut, an aspiring lawyer and politician who was over a decade William’s senior. Stephen—who later moved to Illinois, became an ally of Lincoln’s, and served as a Union general during the Civil War—was attempting in the early 1840s to carve out a niche in Charleston society.
15, 1860. Ward, unlike Hurlbert, had lived in California, but only Hurlbert had played a prominent role in the tussle over the McLane-Ocampo Treaty. Proving Who Wrote the Diary 33 ing features—its abrupt ending on March 15, 1861. Frank Maloy Anderson surmised that Ward quit writing a diary when he left Washington for New York City to meet the renowned British journalist William H. Russell, with whom he spent the next several months. ”33 But here Anderson tried to have it both ways—he wanted the Diary that was not a diary to reflect Ward’s movements.