THIS MONTH IN CIVIL WAR HISTORY
Little Aleck Released from Prison
Georgia’s native son Alexander Hamilton Stephens has been held in detention at Fort Warren, in Boston Harbor since the end of what he terms the “War Between the States.” The former vice president of the Confederate States of America and outspoken critic of President Jefferson Davis has been one of three commissioners to meet with Abraham Lincoln and William Seward in Hampton Roads, Virginia, in the waning days of the war in a Peace Conference that failed to yield results, but with the fall of the Confederate government has remained a prisoner. Short and frail in stature, prone to fits of melancholy, and plagued with ill-health, “Little Aleck” nevertheless boasts considerable fortitude and a sharp mind. On October 13, Stephens leaves his confinement to take up a post-war career in which he will employ his vast intellect to elaborating a constitutional defense of the issues that have so recently engulfed his life and career and characterized the recent efforts of the Southern States to form a new nation.
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