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Lincoln's Rail-Splitter: GOVERNOR RICHARD J. OGLESBY Hardcover – June 8, 2001


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: University of Illinois Press; First Edition edition (June 8, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0252026497
  • ISBN-13: 978-0252026492
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,374,635 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A model of local biography cast in full national perspective... If [Oglesby] wrapped himself in the Lincoln legend and often waved the 'bloody shirt,' he simply lived the mandates of a life skillfully described in this graceful, prodigiously researched volume." -- Frank E. Vandiver, Civil War Book Review "A very well-written book that gives the reader a real sense of the subject and the extraordinary times in which Oglesby lived." -- The Pantagraph ADVANCE PRAISE "Mark Plummer's admirable, thoroughly-researched biography helps make clear why Lincoln called the affable, charming, colorful Oglesby an 'intimate personal friend.' Plummer presents new information shedding light not only on Oglesby and his terms as governor of Illinois and U.S. senator, but also on Lincoln and his tempestuous wife, on the Haymarket tragedy, and on the political culture of the Civil War, Reconstruction, and the Gilded Age." -- Michael Burlingame, author of The Inner World of Abraham Lincoln "A biography of Richard Oglesby is long overdue, and this attractive volume will be the standard on its subject for generations. Backed by massive research, Mark Plummer presents a clear and accessible chronicle of Oglesby's remarkable military and political careers, the interesting parallels of his life with that of Abraham Lincoln, and his association with the likes of John A. Logan, John M. Palmer, and Shelby Cullom." -- Rodney O. Davis, coeditor of Herndon's Informants: Letters, Interviews, and Statements about Abraham Lincoln

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"Mark Plummer's admirable, thoroughly-researched biography helps make clear why Lincoln called the affable, charming, colorful Oglesby an ‘intimate personal friend.' Plummer presents new information shedding light not only on Oglesby and his terms as governor of Illinois and U.S. senator, but also on Lincoln and his tempestuous wife, on the Haymarket tragedy, and on the political culture of the Civil War, Reconstruction, and the Gilded Age." -- Michael Burlingame, author of The Inner World of Abraham Lincoln

"A biography of Richard Oglesby is long overdue, and this attractive volume will be the standard on its subject for generations. Backed by massive research, Mark Plummer presents a clear and accessible chronicle of Oglesby's remarkable military and political careers, the interesting parallels of his life with that of Abraham Lincoln, and his association with the likes of John A. Logan, John M. Palmer, and Shelby Cullom." -- Rodney O. Davis, coeditor of Herndon's Informants: Letters, Interviews, and Statements about Abraham Lincoln


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By Lucy Rather on January 8, 2013
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i've already read this book once so i purchased it for a family member after we had all seen the new movie Lincoln. This book tells some of Lincoln's story from another angle. Very enjoyable if you're a history buff.
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