Thomas Ewing Jr.
Frontier Lawyer and Civil War General
Publication Year: 2008
Published by: University of Missouri Press
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Title Page, Copyright
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The Kansas legislature sometimes pays lip service to teaching Kansas history in the schools of the Sunflower State. It is a feel-good issue for lawmakers who are frustrated on the other important but unresolved issues of the day. Some students might have heard ...
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A work of this sort requires considerable support from people other than the author. I am indebted to many, and especially the staff at the University of Missouri Press whose encouragement to this neophyte writer was most helpful. I am most assuredly ...
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Part One: Hardscrabble
1. The Judgment of Heaven on a Country
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Scottish-born Thomas Ewing, the first of several Thomas Ewings of America, settled in Greenwich, New Jersey, just before the Revolutionary War. Although Ewing’s ancestry was traceable to Cadet Finley Colquhoun, an Orangeman allied with ...
2. Le Grand Détour
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French explorers were the first to navigate the river that divides the state of Missouri and gives the state its name. In 1804 Lewis and Clark mapped the river area of northwest Missouri as they moved northwest on their “Voyage of Discovery.” They passed through ...
3. Mortgages, Press Books, and Office Boys
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After providing the ammunition that Douglas and Congress could use to reject the Lecompton Constitution, Tom went back to Kansas, where he returned to pursuit of his fortune mixed in with the fallout from his participation in the failure of the Lecompton ...
4. Mr. Chief Justice and a Man Named Lincoln
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On October 10, 1859, John Brown and eighteen other men fought their way into a musty federal arsenal at Harpers Ferry, Virginia. Hoping to provoke a slave uprising, they took hostages and fought for a day to hold off a local militia ...
Part Two: They'd as Soon Fight the Devil as to Fight Kansas Men
5. A World Was Watching
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When Lincoln’s first call went out to the states for seventy-five thousand troops to suppress the rebellion, the federal government had never before raised an army of that size for any military purpose, including its wars with Great Britain or Mexico. The costs, initially borne ...
6. Ewing's Light Artillery
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In the spring of 1862, with the casualty lists from Shiloh dominating the war news, action in Congress for the transcontinental railroad was almost forgotten. Congress ratified the Pottawatomie treaty for the LP&W. The railroad had not laid a single rail of track yet, but by ...
7. Exterminate Them, Root and Branch
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No two men were less alike than Abraham Lincoln and James H. Lane. Lincoln was self-educated and had mastered the law enough to make a comfortable prewar living as a lawyer. He was a family man, erudite, virtuous, and at least among friends considered ...
8. The Visible Interposition of God
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After Antietam, having had as much of Eliakim P. Scammon and Jacob Cox as he could stomach, Hugh Ewing asked for a transfer to the Western theater. Having met success in the East but also frustration with the psychology McClellan had instilled in the ...
9. Thermopylae of the West
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The morning of Sunday, June 26, 1864, dawned quietly. In northern Georgia, two armies were catching their breath near Kennesaw Mountain, sensing that something big awaited them in the morning’s sweltering heat. Sergeant Nixon Stewart of the Fifty-Second ...
Part Three: The Politics of Money
10. Dr. Mudd's Trial and Widow Adie's Cotton
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On April 14, 1865, Good Friday, four years to the day after the war began, the flamboyant John Wilkes Booth accomplished what the mercurial William Quantrill had only schemed to do. At Ford’s Theater the actor entered the president’s box while the ...
11. The Gathering of Evil Birds
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At the center of any discussion of Reconstruction are the questions posed by Frederick Douglass. Was the enormous war fought so heroically by so many Americans to have no value to liberty or civilization? Would those who fought to preserve slavery in the South be given status in the ...
12. The Crédit Mobilier and “His Fraudulency”
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At precisely noon on March 4, 1869, the greatest American soldier of the century stepped forward on the east portico of the Capitol and repeated the presidential oath of office. Ulysses S. Grant was about to begin a job he had been thrust into, not one he had pursued ...
13. Sweaty Old Coins and Last Hurrahs
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During the early 1870s, in addition to his progression from moderate Republican to greenback Democrat, Tom Ewing tried to find his stride as an investor. Doing well in business had several advantages other than just making money. He had built ...
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Page Count: 395
Publication Year: 2008