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In 1861, as President Lincoln referred to as for volunteers to safeguard the Union, Thomas Christie wrote to his father, voicing wishes shared via many an enlistee: "I do are looking to 'see the world,' to get out of the slim circle during which i've got consistently lived, to 'make a guy of myself,' and to have it to claim in days to return that I, too, had an element during this nice struggle."As it became out, Thomas had a good companion in his quest: his brother William. either signed on with the 1st Minnesota mild Artillery, operating as "cannoneers," chargeable for loading and aiming tremendous weapons on the enemy. the 1st Minnesota observed motion in significant battles at Shiloh, Corinth, Vicksburg, and Atlanta. however the adventurers additionally persisted the monotony of camp lifestyles, the starvation of bad offer traces, and, in William's case, the demanding situations of enemy trap. The ups and downs, the doubts and thrills are acknowledged from their differing views during this selection of letters to frightened mom and dad, a winsome sister, and a more youthful brother desirous to take part the struggle. Their vibrant epistles are greater via the familial connection of brothers in fingers who finally did see the world--and again domestic replaced.

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Over such corporations,” he said. ” In keeping with this resolve, Roosevelt, in his capacity as commander in chief, called General J. M. Schofield to the White House and, saying that the country faced a situation akin to war, asked if the army could take over and run the mines. The general, instructed that he should pay “no heed to any authority, judicial or otherwise, except mine,” told the president that he need only give the order. That action galvanized the movers and shakers. After Secretary Root called on him in New York, J.

Chester Arthur, remarked the wife of Secretary of State James G. ” If a president did harbor an inclination to take an initiative, he lacked the staff to carry it off. ” When that new contraption the telephone rang at the White House, Cleveland had to answer it himself, and when there was a knock at the front door, he had to open it. (The dreary social burdens of the presidency he turned over to his sister Rose, who, as the author of a book on George Eliot’s poetry, had better things to do. ) Not infrequently, presidents had time on their hands.

His frenzied activism and his persistent moralizing led one observer to call him “an interesting combination of St. ” The president, with his oversized ego, seized upon every opportunity for self-promotion. ) He made sure that he was front-page news by manipulating reporters through ploys such as releasing trial balloons and off-the-record revelations, and while his barber was lathering his face and sharpening his razor, he chatted garrulously with a half-dozen favored correspondents. As tales of his antics and adventures circulated, Roosevelt became the first president to be treated as a media personality, so that Americans came to think it natural to follow in minute detail the exploits and most vagrant thoughts of their leader.

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