Donald R. McClarey

November 21, 1864: Letter to Mrs. Bixby

Executive Mansion, Washington, Nov. 21, 1864. Dear Madam,—I have been shown in the files of the War Department a statement of the Adjutant General of Massachusetts that you are the mother of five sons who have died gloriously on the

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Donald R. McClarey

Gettysburg Address: November 19, 1863

Johnny Cash in the above video does a superb job of reading the Gettysburg Address.  Go here to read my analysis of the Gettysburg Address.  Winston Churchill, certainly the greatest orator of the English language in the last century, deemed

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Donald R. McClarey

A Lawyer’s Creed

  Abraham Lincoln wrote the following sometime in the 1850’s.  Why he wrote it is unknown.  Perhaps he was giving a speech on the practice of law.  If so, we have no record of him delivering it.  The notes were

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Donald R. McClarey

Lincoln’s Dream

Gideon Welles, Secretary of the Navy, made this notation in his diary regarding the cabinet meeting that occurred at noon on the day of  the assassination of Lincoln:  “Congratulations were interchanged, and earnest inquiry was made whether any information had been

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Donald R. McClarey

Journal of the Abraham Lincoln Association

Fellow citizens, we cannot escape history. We, of this Congress and this administration, will be remembered in spite of ourselves. No personal significance, or insignificance, can spare one or another of us. The fiery trial through which we pass will

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Donald R. McClarey

The Day the World Wept

The things you find on Youtube! First broadcast on February 9, 1960, the above is an episode of One Step Beyond entitled The Day the World Wept.  The Twilight Zone before the Twilight Zone, One Step Beoynd ran on ABC

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Donald R. McClarey

Bishop Sheen on Lincoln

  I have been reading quite a bit about Lincoln over the weekend, which is not very unusual for me when I am not laboring in the law mines.   In that regard,  Bishop Sheen retold the life of Abraham Lincoln

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Donald R. McClarey

July 4, 1861: Lincoln Message to Congress

  I doubt if there has been a gloomier Fourth of July for the nation than the one in 1861 with the nation divided and a civil war underway.  Lincoln in his message to Congress on that day, explained his

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Donald R. McClarey

Lincoln on the Declaration of Independence

    I am filled with deep emotion at finding myself standing here in the place where were collected together the wisdom, the patriotism, the devotion to principle, from which sprang the institutions under which we live. You have kindly

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Donald R. McClarey

The Face of Lincoln

  The things you find on the Internet!  From 1955, a look at the career of Abraham Lincoln by Professor Robert Merrell Gage as he sculpts a bust of the Great Emancipator.  This film won an Academy Award for best

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Donald R. McClarey

Thomas Lincoln and His Son

Thomas Lincoln and Abraham Lincoln did not have an idyllic father and son relationship.  They were vastly different men, and most historians have focused on those differences, and the estrangement that grew between them after Abraham Lincoln reached adulthood.  What

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Donald R. McClarey

Personally Opposed

“What we want, and all we want, is to have with us the men who think slavery wrong. But those who say they hate slavery, and are opposed to it, but yet act with the Democratic party — where are

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Donald R. McClarey

We Are All Americans

    I feel that we are on the eve of a new era, when there is to be great harmony between the Federal and Confederate. I cannot stay to be a living witness to the correctness of this prophecy;

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Donald R. McClarey

May 6, 1863: What Will the Country Say!

One hundred and fifty-six years ago Robert E. Lee had inflicted on the Union its most stunning defeat of the War, and brought the Union to its lowest point in that conflict. Lee had won an incredible victory against an

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Donald R. McClarey

April 15, 1865: Death of Lincoln

The gaunt man, Abraham Lincoln, woke one morning From a new dream that yet was an old dream For he had known it many times before And, usually, its coming prophesied Important news of some sort, good or bad, Though

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Donald R. McClarey

Two-Hundred and Ten Years

Today is the 210th birthday of Abraham Lincoln.  It is a state holiday in Illinois and the courts are closed.  However, I would have my law firm closed today even if were not a state holiday.  Abraham Lincoln deeply resonates

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Donald R. McClarey

“Yes! And a dirtier day’s work I never did in my life!”

Time after time in Supreme Court history we see what a bad idea lifetime appointments to the highest Court is. Age, and the infirmities that inevitably accompany it, sooner of later fell even the brightest of Justices.  Unfortunately too many

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Donald R. McClarey

Hal Holbrook on Playing Lincoln

  Hal Holbrook starred in a miniseries back in 1974 where he played Lincoln.  The series was based on Carl Sandburg’s romantic, if dubious historically, take on Lincoln in his Pulitzer winning biography.  The episodes in the miniseries do not

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Donald R. McClarey

Christ the King

    “I consider it an indispensable duty to close this last solemn act of my official life by commending the interests of our dearest country to the protection of Almighty God and those who have the superintendence of them,

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Donald R. McClarey

Lincoln and the Creation of Thanksgiving

    In the midst of this, however, He, from Whom all blessings flow, must not be forgotten. A call for a national thanksgiving is being prepared, and will be duly promulgated. Abraham Lincoln, from his last public address, April

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Donald R. McClarey

Gettysburg Addresses

              Presidents during their presidencies make hundreds of speeches.  Most are utterly forgotten soon after they are delivered.  Even most of the speeches by a president who is also a skilled orator, as Lincoln was,

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Donald R. McClarey

Ghosts of the Library

  One of my favorite stops at the Abraham Lincoln Museum in Springfield.   The Thirty-third Infantry Illinois Volunteers was organized at Camp Butler, Illinois, in the month of September, 1861, by Colonel Chas. E. Hovey, and mustered into the

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Donald R. McClarey

Ten Years of TAC: The Almighty Has His Own Purposes

(The American Catholic will observe its tenth anniversary in October.  We will be reposting some classic TAC posts of the past.  This post is from October 13, 2010.  The above video is a new addition to the post.)   My

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Donald R. McClarey

Quotes Suitable for Framing: Abraham Lincoln

Now, my countrymen if you have been taught doctrines conflicting with the great landmarks of the Declaration of Independence; if you have listened to suggestions which would take away from its grandeur, and mutilate the fair symmetry of its proportions;

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Donald R. McClarey

Fortnight For Freedom: Why Do We Celebrate the Fourth?

Why do we observe Independence Day on the Fourth of July each year?  Is it merely a historical commemoration, or is it because the lightning words of the Declaration of Independence still have meaning and relevance today?  This is not

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Donald R. McClarey

Ten Years of TAC: Dagger John and Honest Abe

(The American Catholic will observe its tenth anniversary in October.  We will be reposting some classic TAC posts of the past.  This post is from February 11, 2009.) Archbishop John Hughes (1797-1864) of New York, was a titan within the

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Donald R. McClarey

Theodore Roosevelt on Lincoln and Free Speech

On May 16, 1918 Congress passed an amendment to the Espionage Act of 1917,  This Amendment is known to history as The Espionage Act of 1918.  Here is the text:   Whoever, when the United States is at war, shall

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Donald R. McClarey

Jordan Peterson: The Problem With Atheism

“If God does not exist, everything is permitted.”   Fyodor Dostoevsky, The Brothers Karamazov       A civilization where belief in God is on the wane, is a civilization where people are merely objects and will be treated as such.  The greatest

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Donald R. McClarey

April 9, 1939: Marian Anderson Sings America at the Lincoln Memorial

The rendition at the bottom of this post is by Marian Anderson, perhaps the most gifted songstress of her generation.  A devout Christian, this granddaughter of slaves was denied the opportunity by the Daughters of the American Revolution to sing

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Donald R. McClarey

Two Minutes to Change the World

        Presidents during their presidencies make hundreds of speeches.  Most are utterly forgotten soon after they are delivered.  Even most of the speeches by a president who is also a skilled orator, as Lincoln was, are recalled only

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Donald R. McClarey

What If Abraham Lincoln Had Died Young?

On his 209th birthday it is perhaps appropriate to consider how the world would have changed if Abraham Lincoln had died young.  Unlike many great figures in history, Lincoln did not matter in a historical sense until around the last

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Donald R. McClarey

February 11, 1865: Robert Todd Lincoln Goes To War

      A  biography of Robert Todd Lincoln a few years ago is entitled Giant in the Shadows, and that is an accurate description of him.  One of the foremost attorneys of his day, a noted philanthropist, Secretary of War

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Donald R. McClarey

Lincoln and Liberty Too

  The low clown out of the prairies, the ape-buffoon, The small-town lawyer, the crude small-time politician, State-character but comparative failure at forty In spite of ambition enough for twenty Caesars, Honesty rare as a man without self-pity, Kindness as

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