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The Real Lincoln
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One will find out more than he may or may not wish to know, concerning Lincoln.
Charles Minor removes the "myth of Lincoln" a layer at a time.
If you're a Southerner, Lincoln biographer, or the average American just wanting to see who the REAL LINCOLN really was, this is an excellent book. ( If you're a defender of Southern Heritage, you NEED this book)
There are several publishing dates on this book. ( 1904,1927,1928, and more current)
This book was written over a century ago. If you check the quotation such as ones from Shermans Memoirs, they are accurate, but he uses the OLD TWO VOLUME set, so the page numbers will not be the same as the new single volume.
Quotes from the O.R. ( Official Records)
Again, this was written over a century ago.
The FIRST set of the O.R. that came out, is NOT the ones we have today. The FIRST set of the O.R. were so confusing, few people had the time to research them. They also were very unorganized.
Charles Minor quotes from the first set. ( as a matter of fact, Minor says, "the O.R. is now over 100 volumes") What he quotes IS in the O.R. you may have to cross-reference it with the current O.R. though.
When reading Civil War books, I always check the authors primary sources, if I am in doubt.
Charles Minor used solid references. This is a nice addition to our Lincoln/Civil War/Presidents/ or American History Library
Those who believe all the trash taught in public schools about Lincoln being a great man must read this book. It uncovers all the trash swept under the rug and reveals his hideous legacy. Everyone needs to know their history, and this book must be read to understand Lincoln and how he was responsible for killing 25% of the South in a completely unnecessary and brutal war.
However, this book is not a biography. It presents one side to a very complex man. I hate Lincoln, but I have no problem quoting him sometimes. He is very insightful as far as human nature is concerned and was personally a man of some weird brand of integrity. At the very least, he could have been well-intentioned.
But that isn't Minor's point. He knows it isn't a biography. That isn't his agenda. His agenda is to expose all the lies we have always been told.
This book buys its own veracity by only using first-hand source--and weirdly enough, all Yankee sources. We can thus rest assured that the information is not exactly biased, thus warranting critical alarm!
If you buy this book to learn about Lincoln, buy another Lincoln book as well. This book only presents his bad side (and it is really bad), but doesn't present the whole man.
Highly recommended reading.
First off, I am a Southerner, born in South Carolina and raised in Georgia. I lived out west for 12 years, and yearned for home the whole time. I may not always agree with my fellow Southerners, but at least I know how they think. And I'd trade a dozen educated Yankees for 1 good, common sense Southerner any day.
With that said, I read parts of a PDF version of this book and found it a bit difficult to swallow. So I did a simple search of the Author of this "book". I found him listed on a "Prominent Persons in Virginia, Biographies" website. Charles L. C. Minor is Virginia Southerner to the core.
“Minor was born at Edgewood, Hanover county, Virginia, December 3, 1835, son of Lucius H. Minor, Esq., and Catherine Frances (Berkeley) Minor, and grandson of Gen. John Minor, of Fredericksburg, Virginia”…and of “Dr. Carter Berkeley, of Hanover county, Virginia”, whose wife, was the “daughter of Gov. John Page”. Minor…“attended a private school in Lynchburg, and later entered the University of Virginia, graduated at the front in 1858 with the degree of Master of Arts” …”When the civil war began he entered the Confederate army as a private in Mumford's Second Virginia Cavalry Regiment, and saw active service at Manassas, in the Valley campaign under Stonewall Jackson, and in the battles around Richmond; in 1862, by competitive examination, he was appointed lieutenant and their captain of ordnance, and was assigned to Gen. Sam Jones, then commanding the Department of Southwest Virginia; he followed Gen. Jones to Charleston, South Carolina, when he took command of that department in June, 1864, and some months later was assigned to duty as executive officer at the Richmond Arsenal under Gen. Gorgas, where he remained until the close of the war.” “Dr. Minor died at the home of his brother-in-law, R. M. Fontaine, Esq., in Albemarle county, Virginia, July 13, 1903.”
Now, you don't suppose this man might have been a little biased, do ya'?