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 evaluation in 1879, claimed to provide verbatim debts of mystery conversations with Abraham Lincoln, William H. Seward, and Stephen A. Douglas--among others--in the determined weeks prior 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 make sure its authenticity. In A Secession challenge Enigma, Daniel W. Crofts solves those longstanding mysteries. He identifies the writer, unravels the exciting tale in the back of the Diary, and deftly establishes its contents as principally real. in accordance with Crofts, the Diary was once no longer a diary in any respect yet a memoir, most likely written presently earlier than it seemed in print. The mastermind who created it, long island journalist William Henry Hurlbert (1827-1895), effectively perpetrated some of 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 used to be faraway from fictional. Time after time, the Diary introduces fabric nearly very unlikely to manufacture besides formerly hid info that used to be corroborated merely after its book. The Diary bristles with special info in regards to the fight to form Lincoln's cupboard and the composition of his inaugural tackle. Crofts's cautious research, followed by way of the whole textual content of the Diary in an appendix, deals a daring new viewpoint 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 an in depth narrative of occasions in early 1861, A Secession challenge Enigma provides a compelling solution to a permanent secret and brings "The Diary of a Public guy" again into the historic lexicon.

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I have mistaken my vocation,” he confessed at the time to his sister back in Boston. ”8 Ward’s gold rush memoir is awash with words having “-tion” or “-ion” suffixes. ” His sentences sometimes meandered in a baroque manner. He had a habit of encasing unusual words or phrases within quotation marks and peppering his narrative with Spanish and French expressions. 9 By contrast, “The Diary of a Public Man” is fast paced and immediate. It was written by someone whose style featured active verbs accompanied by adverbs with an “-ly” suffix (“indignantly refused,” “certainly adopt,” “trifling designedly,” “declined peremptorily,” and so on).

Speculation about Adams as the diarist—albeit unfounded—may be found in Evelyn Page, “The Diary and the Public Man,” New England Quarterly 22 (June 1949): 147–72, and in Benjamin M. Price, “That Baffling Diary,” South Atlantic Quarterly 54 (Jan. 1955): 56–64. 24. Harvey seemed a promising candidate to the historian Frederic Bancroft. See Bancroft to James Ford Rhodes, Aug. 19, 1896, James Ford Rhodes Papers, Massachusetts Historical Society. Bancroft later concluded that Ward wrote the Diary, thereby anticipating Anderson.

1979): 177–95. For various reasons, Welling, White, and Forney also appeared to deserve scrutiny. Proving Who Wrote the Diary 29 Hurlbert. The results are clear—stylometric evidence “points very strongly” to Hurlbert as the author of the Diary. Extensive samples were taken from articles he wrote for the New York Times in September and October 1862, which described a year he spent in Confederate captivity, and from the account of his travels through Ireland in the late 1880s. These sources each provide a closer stylometric match to the Diary than anything written by any of the other possible authors considered.

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