Abraham Lincoln and the Union: A Chronicle of the Embattled North

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CHAPTER XII
THE MEXICAN EPISODE

THAT French demagogue whom Victor Hugo aptly called Napoleon the Little was a prime factor in the history of the Union and the Confederacy. The Confederate side of his intrigue will be told in its proper place. Here, let us observe him from the point of view of Washington.

It is too much to attempt to pack into a sentence or two the complicated drama of deceit, lies, and graft, through which he created at last a pretext for intervention in the affairs of Mexico; it is enough that in the autumn of 1862 a French army of invasion marched from Vera Cruz upon Mexico City. We have already seen that about this same time Napoleon proposed to England and Russia a joint intervention with France between North and South -- a proposal which, however, was rejected. This Mexican venture explains why the plan was suggested at that particular time.

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  • THE CHRONICLES OF AMERICA SERIES iii
  • Title Page v
  • Preface ix
  • Contents xi
  • Abraham Lincoln and the Union 1
  • Chapter II - The Party of Political Evasion 19
  • Chapter III - The Politicians and the New Day 40
  • Chapter IV - The Crisis 59
  • Chapter V - Secession 81
  • Chapter VI - War 102
  • Chapter VII - Lincoln 126
  • Chapter VIII - The Rule of Lincoln 142
  • Chapter IX - The Crucial Matter 168
  • Chapter X - The Secretary of the Treasury 192
  • Chapter XI - Northern Life During the War 204
  • Chapter XII - The Mexican Episode 224
  • Chapter XIII - The Plebiscite of 1864 233
  • Chapter XIV - Lincoln's Final Intentions 251
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