David E. Twiggs letter to James Buchanan, August 3, 1861
Confederate General David E. Twiggs wrote this threatening letter to ex-President James Buchanan [Buchanan left office March 3, 1861] to sarcastically congratulate him on the battles of “Bull Run and Manassas.” Twiggs regularly harassed Buchanan after he had fired him from the Department of Texas for being a traitor. Twiggs would die in Augusta a year after this letter was written. Buchanan received many letters from Confederates, some threatening, some persuasive. Buchanan never fully embraced either side, and for that (among other reasons) historian Robert Strauss has labeled him, “Worst. President. Ever.” Seeing how HSP is a major repository for the James Buchanan papers, we will be hosting an upcoming lecture with Robert Strauss specifically exploring the Buchanan presidency and his deservedly bad reputation.
Wednesday, 10/5/16 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm @ HSP Lecture/Panel with author Robert Strauss on his new book Worst. President. Ever.: James Buchanan, the Strange Election of 1856, and the Demise of the Union Under His Watch.
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