Century Cyclopedia of History and Biography of Pennsylvania Volume 1

Century Cyclopedia of History and Biography of Pennsylvania Volume 1

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1904 edition. Excerpt: ...itself--power to punish conspiracy, and to suppress insurrection and rebellion. As the attorney-general, he advised the President to stand firmly for the Union, and boldly to execute the laws in every state and territory. He held that the authority of the nation was paramount, and the plea of secessionists that the nation has no power to coerce a "sovereign state" was absurd. The state was not "sovereign" in affairs relating to the Union, but always subordinate to the Nation. Therefore itwas the unquestionable right and the manifest duty of the President, as chief executive, to take swift, decisive action, so as to check the preparations and suppress the insurrection before it should assume formidable propor--tions. General Stanton rebuked his disloyal associates in the cabinet, and bravely advised imHe would countenance no temporizing, no unnecessary mediate, decisive, forceful action. delay. Among his counselors were General Winfield Scott, then head of the army, and war, for his disloyalty. These historical incidents in connection with his service in the oflice of the attorneygeneral, associated in cabinet councils with men that were plotting treason, illustrate the mettle of the man. They suggest his fitness for the high responsibility to which he was called by President Lincoln in 1862, when the thunders of many battle-fields resounded through the land and the clouds were black. All the powers of Stanton's titanic intellect and all the forces of his iron will were dedicated to the solemn duties to which he was summoned. Mr. Lincoln did not consider his politics. His party affiliation in time of peace was not weighed in the balance against his unquestioned loyalty and prodigious resources in power and...show more

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  • Paperback | 128 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 7mm | 240g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236797663
  • 9781236797667