Academic journal article Military Review

PEN OF FIRE: John Moncure Daniel

Academic journal article Military Review

PEN OF FIRE: John Moncure Daniel

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PEN OF FIRE: John Moncure Daniel, Peter Bridges, The Kent State University Press, Kent, OH, 2002,284 pages, $28.00.

Arguably, there is nothing as satisfying to read as a biography with an easy-to-follow story and focused material. Stretched even further, you might say there is nothing as satisfying to read as a biography about an obscure historical character. John Moncure Daniel, onetime fiery editor of the polemic Richmond Examiner, is just such a character. Daniel, who has been treated tangentially in other historical works, is given fresh life with this new work.

Peter Bridges seeks to present Daniel in three ways: Daniel the man-a consistent treatment throughout the book that seeks to reveal "who" Daniel was; Daniel the editor-a role that applies only to those times when Daniel was the fiery editor for which he is purportedly well known; Daniel the diplomat-and herein lies the treasure of the book. While Daniel might be attributed a certain importance for his role as an editor and producer of Civil War-era polemics, it is his role as a diplomat that allows for new historical relationships and new conceptualizations.

In the late 184Os, Europe was a hotbed of "almost" revolutions. In the wake of the Napoleonic Wars, nationalism was a force to be reckoned with and one that would, not far down the road, see its day in the sun. The unification movements taking place in Italy and Germany in the late 184Os, up until their successful resolution in the 187Os, are a source of interest even today. …

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