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bbkld  asked:

If I were ever to make a list of the 100 most interesting Americans never to be President, John Hay will be in the top third. Fascinating career and history. Have you read anything about his relationship with Robert Todd Lincoln?

I definitely agree. John Hay was like the Forrest Gump of last half of the 19th Century and the first few years of the 20th Century. Hay was a very fascinating figure in our history, and underrated as a diplomat, as a Presidential adviser, as a writer, and as an influence on the events of his times.

There are some really good books that have been released within the past couple of years on Hay, the Hay-Adams circle of friends, and Robert Todd Lincoln. First and foremost is John Taliaferro’s All the Great Prizes: The Life of John Hay, from Lincoln to Roosevelt (BOOK | KINDLE), which was published in 2013 and is the definitive biography of Hay. I think I had listed it in the top three or top five books that I read in 2013.

I’d also recommend Joshua Zeitz’s 2014 book, Lincoln’s Boys: John Hay, John Nicolay, and the War for Lincoln’s Image (BOOK | KINDLE), which focuses more on the influential roles that Hay and Nicolay played as President Lincoln’s private secretary during his Administration, and their efforts (along with Robert Todd Lincoln) to shape and secure Abraham Lincoln’s legacy following the assassination, particularly through their exhaustive, 10-volume biography of the 16th President. They also played an important part in Lincoln’s literary legacy by editing his complete works. Both collections are available online for free through Archive.org.

Two other recent books on John Hay that are worth your time are Philip McFarland’s John Hay, Friend of Giants: The Man and Life Connecting Abraham Lincoln, Mark Twain, Henry James, and Theodore Roosevelt (BOOK | KINDLE), and The Statesman and the Storyteller: John Hay, Mark Twain, and the Rise of American Imperialism (BOOK | KINDLE) by Mark Zwonitzer. McFarland’s book covers the entire career of Hay and makes it clear why I said he was like the Forrest Gump of the 19th Century. Zwonitzer narrows his focus to the last act of Hay’s lengthy public service, particularly Hay’s time as Secretary of State under President McKinley and President Roosevelt. 

And for more on Robert Todd Lincoln, the best choice is Jason Emerson’s 2012 book, Giant in the Shadows: The Life of Robert T. Lincoln (BOOK | KINDLE). Robert Todd Lincoln’s life is just as fascinating and full of quite a few Forrest Gump moments of his own: like being in proximity of three Presidents – his father, James Garfield, and William McKinley – at the time of their assassinations; like the fact that his life was once unknowingly saved, coincidentally, by Edwin Booth, the famous older brother of the man who later assassinated his father; like being present at Appomattox when Robert E. Lee surrendered to Ulysses S. Grant; like accompanying President Arthur on a lengthy, cross-country vacation to Yellowstone while serving as Secretary of War; and much, much more.

You can’t go wrong with any of those books. That’s a really fascinating era often overlooked because it took place after the Civil War and after Reconstruction but before the turn of the century and the beginning of the 1900s, and John Hay is one of the more interesting overall figures in American history.

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Colonel Chester Philips had a war to fight and quite frankly, didn’t have a lot of time for nonsense.

That memorable first Christmas that granted Sergeant James Buchanan Barnes a new nickname among the rank and file was, Philips supposed, good for morale.  However, he carefully ignored and made sure to squash anything that would cause an epic clusterfuck with the top brass.  Personally, he was not about to sign no goddamn blue ticket for anyone, because a man’s private business was not his concern, as long as that man can pick up a gun and fight. 

So Philips was perfectly happy getting on with the task of fighting Nazis and Squid Nazis (thank you, Dugan for adding this to the parlance, along with SNRFB).  The one super soldier left to them by Dr. Erskine had proved to be worth all the money the U.S. government had invested into his creation and then some, even if Captain Rogers had a knack for ignoring certain orders, but regularly coming up with impressive results when he chose to do so. 

Philips could live with the paperwork, as long as it meant one step closer to Berlin. 

But then, there was Barnes.

The whole Snow White business was a god damn joke, Philips sternly reminded himself. 

So he tried not to twitch when an actual, for real squirrel went running up to Barnes in the middle of their planning, climbed up to his shoulder and chattered to him importantly.  Barnes nodded, made the appropriate noises back and then, casually mentioned that there was one of those fucking monster HYDRA tanks hiding in the very section of forest they were going to run to. 

“Did the squirrel actually tell you this, Sgt. Barnes?” sneered a lieutenant - God help them, it was that asshole who nearly fucked up everything for Easy Company at Foy.  Philips made a note to find the quickest excuse to boot him somewhere else… soon.  

“Yes, sir,” Barnes deadpanned. 

“We always make it a point to trust the local forest population,” added Captain Rogers innocently.  “They’re not very fond of Hitler or HYDRA.”

Agent Carter pressed her lips together to repress a smile.  “The Forest Resistance forces are very grateful and most helpful.”

“Or…. you know, that would be because it’s a logical place to hide a tank of that size,” Captain Rogers continued - he had been there for the Foy clusterfuck and had met up with the other lieutenant who had picked up the pieces and got Easy Company moving.  He’d recognized this asshole too. 

The squirrel chattered again and Barnes absently stroked its head and gave it a piece of cracker.  “Thanks, buddy.” 

Philips was going to need a good long drink later.  And he’d just gotten a new supply from Captain Nixon too…. 

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Mrs America | Part 1 | Y/N Barnes

A/N: Renewing Soldiers from the beggining. New Plot. New Suit. Everything is new😂 Tell me if you want to be add in the tag list.

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December in Brooklyn was horrible. The cold pierced her skin and the year she didn’t get sick hasn’t come yet. It wasn’t snowing but everyday the cold ground was slippy.

Y/N Barnes was the one year younger sister of Bucky Barnes and the second child in the Barnes family. She was kind, smart and beautiful.

And Steve Rogers fell for her.

Steve was in Y/N’s age. He was a skinny man with bright blue eyes and blonde hair. He wasn’t tall and muscly like other guys, like Bucky. He was the kindest and most amazing man on earth in Y/N’s eyes.

And she fell for him.

She woke up cuddled up with a fluffy blanket she owned and her favorite book. The first thing she noticed was Bucky. He was sleeping at the couch opposite hers. She smiled softly and looked at the clock on the wall.

“Oh god! Bucky wake up! We are late!” He groaned and rolled over to face her.

“Late to what?” She rolled her eyes as she got behind the paravan to change her clothes in a nice dress.

“The Stark expo you promised you’ll take me, your girl and Steve!” He shot up from the couch and ran to his room. “We are almost late! You know that Mel is impatient!” He rose his middle finger and she let out a laugh.

Just at five minutes they were both ready. Bucky was wearing his army uniform and Y/N a nice dress. They took a taxi and asked for the driver to leave them at a certain location. The location where Steve’s house was. Bucky pressed the button. Soon you heard Steve’s footseps and saw his small figure from the glass door of the apartment building.

“Hey Steve. How was your day?” She asked him with a smile that could make semi naked people in the snow feel warm.

“It was good. I went to the cinema and.. got myself into a fight with a guy.” You rolled your eyes as worry filled you.

“What?Again? Steve you may get really badly hurt? Do you think I like seeing your face bruised and split?” Steve sighed and breathed out a sorry.

“I kicked that guys ass though. Our little Stevie is adorable with everything he uses as a shield.” Bucky laughed.

“I’d kill to see that live.” Steve chuckled and the three of you entered the crowded place. As soon as Bucky noticed his brunnete dame he left you and Steve alone. “Buck and his girlfriends…” She exhaled. Steve’s eyes were fixed at the Army panel. Ever since she joined the army among with Bucky he wanted to join too. He even tried with fake ID’s but he failed. She remembered all those times the chief called her to take Steve back home.

“I’m going to try again.” He whispered at her. She furrowed her eyebrows and stared at him.

“Seriously Steven? Again?” She hid her head in her hands. He waited for her to say something. “I know that it means much for you, so I’ll let you. One last time. Just don’t get me in trouble.” He smiled and made a move to leave but she stopped him. “But because I know my brother too well, and I know that he won’t let you.. We’ll have to wait for him to leave first.”

“You are a true angel Y/N Barnes” They both blushed and he looked away.

Not late after, Bucky walked towards them and said his goodbye since he was leaving for England the next morning. Some tears threatened to leave her eyes as she watched him go. Steve rubbed her arm and smiled.

“Let’s go now.” Y/N said right after she calmed down and lead Steve into the decorated building.

Dr Abraham was in one of the tables. Y/N walked towards him. “Abraham! It’s really good to see you here!” She said kindly and he hugged the younger woman.

“Y/N! What are you doing here? It’s your day off. You are supposed to relax today.” She chuckled.

“Actually I’m not here for me. My friend, Steven Rogers wants to get in the army. He failed some times before but he is hoping he can make in our division in new Jersey.“ He looked at Steve and back at Y/N.

“I’ll see what I can do.“ He took Steve and closed the curtain behind him. While Dr Abraham was talking to Steve, Y/N decided to look at at some of her files. Her monthly checkup was done and she hadn’t read the results.

There was something different this time. Not in a bad way but something as an anomalia. In her two years of working there, she had never seen something like that. Although she brushed it off and waited till Steve came out.

When she heard the ‘Congratulations Mr Rogers’ her soul was filled with excitement and happiness now that his dream was slowly coming true but in the other she felt sad and worried… She didn’t want to lose Steve. Steve hugged and thanked her. After that, they both went home to pack for the New Jersey base.

The next Morning

When she stepped her foot to the base she was greeted by Colonel Chester Philips and some soldiers that probably didn’t know her position there. Steve was with the other newbies. The amount of newbies that month wasn’t that big as the previous’.

Her best friend Peggy was training the so called newbies. She walked over there and stood right next to her. “Now, this is Agent Y/N Barnes. She is going to train you among with me. Disrepect her and you are going to get your nose broken.” She smiled and gazed over at Steve. He was staring at Y/N.

“Ladies, I know some great dance moves for both of you. Why don’t we practise them any time soon?” She side-eyed Peggy and the two of the girls walked over at him.

“Put your left leg in front of the other.” Peggy said. He did as told and she punched his nose. “Agent Y/N. Your turn.” Y/N smirked and made her way towards the man. She kicked him in the guts and he fell back, causing some chuckles from the others.

“This happens when you mess up with us.” Peggy whispered and Y/N laughed. “These men need to learn to respect. Think you can take care of it?”

“If you mean by constantly punching them then yes I can. “ Peggy grinned and rolled her eyes. “But I can try with the hard way to.”

“How about the blonde one? The guy you brought in?”

“Ah you mean Steve. He is a great guy. He is kind, respectful and adorable. We know each other since we were kids and we are really good friends.” Peggy was still smirking. “What?”

“Someone’s got a little crush” Your eyes widened as you blushed.

“What? Peggy I don’t have a crush on Steve!” She shook her head as she laughed.

“I know you too well, Barnes. It’s obvious that you have feelings for Steve.” Y/N rolled her eyes and sat on the back of the jeep.

“Fine.. Maybe I do..” Peggy looked at Steve and then at her friend.

“I knew it! You would be a great couple though. Do you think that he would be able to get to the super-soldier serum?” Y/N shrugged her shoulders.

“I believe at Steve. He might not be physically strong, but you can see the strength in his eyes.” She smiled as she looked back and realized that Steve managed to get the flag down. “Told you” Steve hesitentaly jumped on the vechicle and sat next to Y/N.

“Agent Barnes. Agent Carter.” He nodded and you giggled.

“Hey Steve. You know you can call us by our names, right?”

“I’m sorry.”

“Don’t be. That shows that you got respect in you. Most men here don’t.” Peggy said. Steve was looking down at his hands. His fingers were playing together and a blush was forming in his face.

“Are you okay?” Y/N asked him and he nodded his head. “Steve, you sure?” He rised an eyebrow and opened his mouth to speak.

“They are going to reject me. I feel it. I’m not strong, muscular or tall like the other soldiers.”

“Steven, do you know that the army isn’t just full of muscular or strong soldiers. Maybe that plays a tiny part but the heart is really what matters. We would all be dead now if the people here didn’t have trust, loyalty and love for each other. I believe that you can do that. Do you?” He now admired her more than ever. How was he so lucky to live the same period with a woman like that. Steve wanted her. He loved her more than anything.

“I do”

“Then welcome to the Army Steven”

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