Synopses & Reviews
In the late 1840s, Representative Abraham Lincoln resided at Mrs. Sprigg's boardinghouse on Capitol Hill. Known as Abolition House, Mrs. Sprigg's hosted lively dinner-table debates of antislavery politics by the congressional boarders. The unusually rapid turnover in the enslaved staff suggested that there were frequent escapes north to freedom from Abolition House, likely a cog in the underground railroad. These early years in Washington proved formative for Lincoln.
"Well-researched and thoroughly engaging, Winkle's history is a welcome addition to a body of Civil War literature that too often privileges men and massacres." Publishers Weekly
"Eloquently chronicles the transformation of the capital wrought by the Civil War." James M. McPherson, author of War on the Waters: The Union and Confederate Navies, 1861-1865
"A marvelous book--and a must-read!"" Jay Winik, author of April 1865
"Kenneth Winkle has earned a reputation for original research, expert interpretation, and crackerjack storytelling, and all these attributes are on full display in Lincoln's Citadel. This is an invaluable addition to the Lincoln bookshelf." Harold Holzer, chairman, Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Foundation, and author of Lincoln President-Elect
"A skillful portrait of the nation's capital as microcosm of a nation divided. A deep-reaching study of a city in wartime, which Washingtonians and visitors, to say nothing of students of the Civil War, will find to be of great interest" Kirkus Reviews
"ets a new standard for research and insight into wartime Washington. Kenneth Winkle has taken the political intrigue of the nation's besieged capital and turned it into the setting for a remarkable series of human stories about the ordinary men and women who rallied to help President Lincoln save the Union." Matthew Pinsker, author of Lincoln's Sanctuary
"A marvelous book—and a must-read!”" Jay Winik, author of < i=""> April 1865 <>
The stirring history of a president and a capital city on the front lines of war and freedom.
About the Author
Kenneth J. Winkle, acclaimed Lincoln biographer and Civil War historian, is a professor of history at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. The Young Eagle, his volume on Lincoln's rise, is the standard account.