From the time of Abraham Lincoln's nomination for the presidency until his assassination, John G. Nicolay served as the Civil War president's chief personal secretary. Nicolay became an intimate of Lincoln and probably knew him, as well as anyone outside his own family. Although he did not keep a diary, Nicolay recorded his conversations with the president in a series of memos. He wrote numerous letters to his assistant John Hay and others, describing the mood at the White House and expressing opinions that were almost certainly shaped by Lincoln. In this expertly edited collection, Michael Burlingame compiles Nicolay's memoranda, journal entries describing Lincoln's activities, and excerpts from most of the nearly three hundred letters Nicolay wrote to his fiancee, Therena Bates. This first paperback edition of ""With Lincoln in the White House"" offers essential information about Abraham Lincoln.
Michael Burlingame, Sadowski Professor of History Emeritus at Connecticut College, is the author of The Inner World of Abraham Lincoln and the editor of ten volumes of primary sources about Lincoln, including An Oral History of Abraham Lincoln: John G. Nicolay's Interviews and Essays - winner of the Abraham Lincoln Association Prize. He won the prestigious Lincoln Prize, honorable mention, for his five edited collections of letters, memoranda, editorial essays, lectures, and interviews by Lincoln's White House private secretaries, John G. Nicolay and John M. Hay, all published by Southern Illinois University Press.