Bill Duncan, a former columnist for The News-Review and editor of The Senior Times, was a book reviewer for a number of publishers. One day he brought me a book on history. It was titled “Lincoln On War” (Algonquin Books, $24.95), edited by Harold Holzer, a historian who gathered and interpreted the 16th president’s written and spoken words on the subject. I quote: “As the President, (Lincoln) prepared to accept war rather than let the Union split and slavery spread. He showed a taste — then a distaste for — and finally a resolve to endure, if required, the vicissitudes …
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