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“The Genesis of This Little Tablet with My Name”: Francis Lieber and the Wartime Origins of General Orders No. 100

“The Genesis of This Little Tablet with My Name”: Francis Lieber and the Wartime Origins of... d. h. di lbec k “The Genesis of This Little Tablet with My Name” Francis Lieber and the Wartime Origins of General Orders No. 100 A war in Mexico left Francis Lieber estranged from Charles Sumner. Fifteen years later, another war rekindled their relationship. For nearly forty years, the two men carried on a close friendship and voluminous cor- respondence—one that began in 1834, long before Massachusetts elected Sumner to the Senate or the German American jurist Lieber settled at Columbia College in New York City. But when on July 4, 1845, Sumner delivered a pacifi st harangue against any potential military action against Mexico, Lieber (who eventually opposed the Mexican-American War) dis- missed it as “one of the worst reasoned speeches I have ever heard.” Lieber did not hide his opinions from Sumner. Their friendship quickly deterio- rated, and for a time they suspended their correspondence altogether. But in late 1860, Lieber, the fi erce nationalist, and Sumner, the stalwart aboli- tionist and Radical Republican, found themselves warmly united again in the Union’s impending war with the Confederacy. Lieber made his greatest contribution to the Union war eff ort as the principal drafter of one of the more http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Journal of the Civil War Era University of North Carolina Press

“The Genesis of This Little Tablet with My Name”: Francis Lieber and the Wartime Origins of General Orders No. 100

The Journal of the Civil War Era , Volume 5 (2) – May 7, 2015

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d. h. di lbec k “The Genesis of This Little Tablet with My Name” Francis Lieber and the Wartime Origins of General Orders No. 100 A war in Mexico left Francis Lieber estranged from Charles Sumner. Fifteen years later, another war rekindled their relationship. For nearly forty years, the two men carried on a close friendship and voluminous cor- respondence—one that began in 1834, long before Massachusetts elected Sumner to the Senate or the German American jurist Lieber settled at Columbia College in New York City. But when on July 4, 1845, Sumner delivered a pacifi st harangue against any potential military action against Mexico, Lieber (who eventually opposed the Mexican-American War) dis- missed it as “one of the worst reasoned speeches I have ever heard.” Lieber did not hide his opinions from Sumner. Their friendship quickly deterio- rated, and for a time they suspended their correspondence altogether. But in late 1860, Lieber, the fi erce nationalist, and Sumner, the stalwart aboli- tionist and Radical Republican, found themselves warmly united again in the Union’s impending war with the Confederacy. Lieber made his greatest contribution to the Union war eff ort as the principal drafter of one of the more

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The Journal of the Civil War EraUniversity of North Carolina Press

Published: May 7, 2015

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