Meddling Ex-Presidents during the Civil War
Wednesday, August 13, 2014
When Abraham Lincoln became president in 1861, five former presidents were still alive. Chris DeRose tells how this ex-Presidents’ Club maneuvered, plotted, advised, and aided during the Civil War. DeRose’s book The Presidents’ War: Six American Presidents and The Civil War That Divided Them explores the stories of the ex-presidents who remained active, influential, and occasionally treacherous as the Union sought to save itself.