Monthly Archives: March 2013

The Chiriqui Scheme

A strip of land extending from one harbor to the other had been granted to Ambrose W. Thompson and three others by the Province of Chiriqui, in what is now Panama, in 1852 and 1854. These grants had been conveyed … Continue reading

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Tired at Antietam

After the battle of Antietam, fought on September 17, 1862, Mathew Brady, Civil War photographer, premiered something novel in New York City. Before, there had only been names of the dead and wounded listed in the newspapers. But as of … Continue reading

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Postmaster Blair Delivers News

On September 12, 1862, Postmaster-General Montgomery Blair (image above) and Gideon Welles, Secretary of the Navy under President Abraham Lincoln, left a Cabinet meeting together. Blair confided to Welles, “[W]e must have a Secretary of War who can do something … Continue reading

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Daggers Drawn in 1862

In early September of 1862, Senator Robert Wilson of Missouri (image above) confided to Gideon Welles, Navy Secretary under Abraham Lincoln, that “there is a conspiracy on foot among certain [Union] generals for a revolution and the establishment of a … Continue reading

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Political Treachery Against McClellan

Salmon Chase, Treasury Secretary, was disappointed that Gideon Welles, Navy Secretary, would not join in with War Secretary Edwin Stanton’s plot against General George McClellan (image above). “It appears as if there was a combination [i.e., conspiracy] by two [Stanton … Continue reading

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Stanton Plots Against McClellan

August 17, 1862: Gideon Welles enters into his diary a tantalizing sentence: “But Stanton is so absorbed in his scheme to get rid of McClellan that other and more important matters are neglected.” Edwin Stanton, the Union’s Secretary of War, … Continue reading

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Seward Was Captain Binghamton

Captain Binghamton (above, right) had as his sidekick “Elroy” (Lt. Elroy Carpenter) on the old TV show, “McHales Navy.” Elroy was the sycophantic assistant to Captain Wallace B. Binghamton. Elroy was always sucking up to Capt. Binghamton, trying to advance … Continue reading

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