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The Resource Our one common country : Abraham Lincoln and the Hampton Roads peace conference of 1865, James B. Conroy

Our one common country : Abraham Lincoln and the Hampton Roads peace conference of 1865, James B. Conroy

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Our one common country : Abraham Lincoln and the Hampton Roads peace conference of 1865
Title
Our one common country
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Abraham Lincoln and the Hampton Roads peace conference of 1865
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James B. Conroy
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Language
eng
Summary
"Our One Common Country explores the most critical meeting of the Civil War. Given short shrift or overlooked by many historians, the Hampton Roads Conference of 1865 was a crucial turning point in the War between the States. In this well written and highly documented book, James B. Conroy describes in fascinating detail what happened when leaders from both sides came together to try to end the hostilities. The meeting was meant to end the fighting on peaceful terms. It failed, however, and the war dragged on for two more bloody, destructive months. Through meticulous research of both primary and secondary sources, Conroy tells the story of the doomed peace negotiations through the characters who lived it. With a fresh and immediate perspective, Our One Common Country offers a thrilling and eye-opening look into the inability of our nation's leaders to find a peaceful solution. The failure of the Hamptons Roads Conference shaped the course of American history and the future of America's wars to come"--
Review
  • In early February 1865, in the midst of the Civil War, a group of Southern and Northern politicians—including President Lincoln—met at Hampton Roads, Va., to negotiate peace between the two warring factions, however skeptically. Plans centered on a proposal to overcome their differences by invading Mexico together, and throughout the peacemaking attempts, the politicians sought secrecy (often in vain) because of strong disapproval from the media and certain peers. Needless to say, the peace conference was a failure. Conroy’s impressively thorough and engaging document details the events leading up to, during, and immediately after the Hampton Roads Peace Conference, which has never before been the sole subject of a book. The book illuminates the conflicting, passionate views on the Civil War—and on the appropriate way to end the war—while giving fascinating insight into the war’s major players: Lincoln and his secretary of state, William H. Seward; Confederate president Jefferson Davis and his vice president, Alexander Stephens; the Blair family of Washington power brokers; and generals Grant, Meade, Lee, and Longstreet. Conroy draws on private journals, official notes, newspaper reports, and more as he untangles this important, but often overlooked, moment in history. (Jan) --Staff (Reviewed October 7, 2013) (Publishers Weekly, vol 260, issue 40, p)
  • /* Starred Review */ A brilliant account of the doomed effort to end the Civil War through diplomacy. In February 1865 three "commissioners," all prominent members of the Confederate government, met with Abraham Lincoln and Secretary of State William Seward on a riverboat near Hampton Roads, Va., to explore the possibility of a negotiated end to the Civil War, an event briefly portrayed in the recent film Lincoln. The project appeared hopeless from the start; schemes were launched to derail the conference before it could begin, deftly defeated by further chicanery on the parts of the commissioners and Ulysses Grant. Legal and political difficulties beset the conference as well, given the commissioners' lack of authority to conclude an agreement, Jefferson Davis' claim that he had no authority to dissolve the Confederacy, and Lincoln's refusal to recognize the existence of a separate government in Richmond. In this excellent debut, Boston-based attorney Conroy vividly captures the hope, weariness, despair and anger of the moment and the complexity of feelings on both sides. Everyone yearned for peace, but in the end, Southern hard-liners clung to an increasingly incredible denial of their impending defeat, and Northern radicals bent on vengeance made agreement impossible even at this late stage of the war. The author lays out this tragic and fascinating story in a style that is witty, acerbic and ironic. His characters stand out as strikingly distinctive individuals, including the bitter, delusional dead-ender Davis, a man "with a politeness so studied as to be almost sarcastic"; Secretary of War Edwin Stanton, with his "nerve-chilling stare and his perfumed beard"; and Stanton's agent, the officious Maj. Thomas Eckert, who "descended from Washington City like the coming of the Lord." Towering over all is Lincoln, desperate to end the killing but, despite the fears of the radical Republicans, adamant about reunion and the end of slavery as the price of peace. A splendid addition to any Civil War library.(Kirkus Reviews, December 1, 2013)
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Conroy, James B
Dewey number
973.7/38
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
E469
LC item number
.C66 2014
Literary form
non fiction
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bibliography
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  • Lincoln, Abraham
  • Hampton Roads Peace Conference
  • HISTORY / United States / Civil War Period (1850-1877)
  • HISTORY / Military / General
  • POLITICAL SCIENCE / Government / Executive Branch
  • United States
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Abraham Lincoln and the Hampton Roads peace conference of 1865
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Our one common country : Abraham Lincoln and the Hampton Roads peace conference of 1865, James B. Conroy
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Publication
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 368-379) and index
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Control code
997944
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xxiv, 390 pages
Isbn
9780762778072
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(hbk.)
Lccn
2013016670
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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illustrations
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(Sirsi) i9780762778072
Label
Our one common country : Abraham Lincoln and the Hampton Roads peace conference of 1865, James B. Conroy
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 368-379) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
997944
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xxiv, 390 pages
Isbn
9780762778072
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Lccn
2013016670
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(Sirsi) i9780762778072

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