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Entry by Orville Browning, December 18, 1862

Orville Hickman Browning, Brady image, detail
In December 1862, President Lincoln faced a crisis within his administration as cabinet members turned on one another, especially targeting Secretary of State William Seward. In this diary entry, Illinois senator Orville Browning captured Lincoln's moment of doubt shortly after the president had confided in his close friend that the recent military defeats and political feuding had put the nation on "the brink of destruction." (By Rebecca Solnit)


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