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|Title: The Peace That Almost Was: The Forgotten Story of the 1861 Washington Peace Conference and the Final Attempt to Avert the Civil War
By: Mark Tooley
Number of Pages: 320
Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2015
|Dimensions: 9.00 X 6 (inches)
Weight: 1 pound 1 ounce
Stock No: WW022235
A narrative history of the 1861 Washington Peace Conference, the bipartisan, last-ditch effort to prevent the Civil War, an effort that nearly averted the carnage that followed.
In February 1861, most of Americas great statesmenincluding a former president, dozens of current and former senators, Supreme Court justices, governors, and congressmencame together at the historic Willard Hotel in a desperate attempt to stave off Civil War.
Seven southern states had already seceded, and the conferees battled against time to craft a compromise to protect slavery and thus preserve the union and prevent war. Participants included former President John Tyler, General William Shermans Catholic step-father, General Winfield Scott, and Lincolns future Treasury Secretary, Salmon Chaseand from a room upstairs at the hotel, Lincoln himself. Revelatory and definitive, The Peace That Almost Was demonstrates that slavery was the main issue of the conferenceand thus of the war itselfand that no matter the shared faith, family, and friendships of the participants, ultimately no compromise could be reached.
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