Tue, May 16|
Candice Shy Hooper on the most remarkable Grant aide you do not know
Historian Hooper will talk about Absalom Markland, Special Agent of the United States Post Office, who kept up soldiers morale wherever Grant campaigned, delivering the mail. A Zoom only event.
May 16, 2023, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM EDT
About the Event
Candice Shy Hooper last spoke with the Lincoln Group about her acclaimed book on Lincoln's Generals Wives. Now she has written about another fascinating yet little discussed topic. Delivered Under Fire is the story of Absalom Markland, Special Agent of the United States Post Office. He was the man who delivered the most valuable ingredient in Union soldiers’ fighting spirit during those terrible war years – letters between the front lines and the home front. This is the first time his story has been told. During the Civil War, his movements from battlefield to battlefield were followed in the North and South almost as closely as those of generals, though he was not in the military. From Fort Donelson in 1862 to City Point in 1865, he traveled with Ulysses Grant’s armies, assuring the swiftest possible delivery of mail, sometimes even as bullets whizzed overhead. After the war, his unprecedented response to Ku Klux Klan violence sparked passage of a landmark civil rights law, though he was not a politician. When he died in 1888, his death was reported in newspapers from coast to coast, though he’s all but forgotten today.
This will be a Zoom only presentaition beginning with our business meeting at 6 p.m. and concluding at 7:30. Candace Hooper is an excellent writer and speaker. Please join us for an interesting evening. The Zoom link is: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87256776525