Today in 1861, a good American died. I pay Stephen Douglas this compliment because of his conduct during the election of 1860 and afterward. By the summer of 1860, it became clear to him that he would not win the presidential election. Instead of going home to Illinois, he toured the South in an active attempt to keep it in the Union. After Lincoln's election and secession, Douglas gave his former rival his complete support in the war effort.
I am a novelist with an intense interest in the Civil War. After having written my second novel about our civil conflict, I am now researching my third novel, which will be set during the Civil War as well. My interest began when I saw the Civil War film documentary by Ken Burns and it blossomed when I read James McGregor Burns's Battle Cry of Freedom. I've been into the Civil War since then.