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Author Visit, Walter Stahr

Steubenville-Schiappa Branch Library

Date: Wednesday, November 15, 2017
From: 6:00:00 PM

Walter Stahr will be here to discuss his book, 
Stanton: Lincoln’s War Secretary. Walter Stahr, award-winning author of the New York Times bestseller Seward, tells the story of Abraham Lincoln’s indispensable Secretary of War, Edwin Stanton (born in Steubenville), the man the president entrusted with raising the army that preserved the Union. Of the crucial men close to President Lincoln, Secretary of War Edwin Stanton (1814-1869) was the most powerful and controversial. Stanton raised, armed, and supervised the army of a million men who won the Civil War. He organized the war effort.  He directed military movements from his telegraph office, where Lincoln literally hung out with him. He arrested and imprisoned thousands for “war crimes,” such as resisting the draft or calling for an armistice. Stanton was so controversial that some accused him at that time of complicity in Lincoln’s assassination. He was a stubborn genius who was both reviled and revered in his time.
Copies of the book can be purchased in advance at the 
Steubenville Visitor Center and at the library on the evening of the program.