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By Daniel W. Crofts

"The Diary of a Public Man," released anonymously in different installments within the North American evaluate in 1879, claimed to provide verbatim bills of mystery conversations with Abraham Lincoln, William H. Seward, and Stephen A. Douglas -- between others -- within the determined weeks in advance of the beginning of the Civil warfare. 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 predicament 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 principally real. based on Crofts, the Diary was once no longer a diary in any respect yet a memoir, most likely written presently ahead of it seemed in print. The mastermind who created it, long island 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, although, that Hurlbert's paintings used to be faraway from fictional. Time after time, the Diary introduces fabric nearly very unlikely to manufacture in addition to formerly hid details that was once corroborated basically after its book. The Diary bristles with exact info concerning the fight to form Lincoln's cupboard and the composition of his inaugural handle.

Crofts's cautious research, observed by way of the entire textual content of the Diary in an appendix, bargains a daring new point of view at the frantic scramble to opposite southern secession whereas fending off the abyss of conflict. 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 concern Enigma offers a compelling resolution to a permanent secret and brings "The Diary of a Public guy" again into the old lexicon.

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