The first chink in my armor about my idol, Lincoln, was caused by my seeing a movie about 1956 or so, "The Red Badge of Courage," where union soldiers systematically killed freed southern soldiers, using them for target practice, poisoning them, mowing them down with Gatling guns, etc. The union prison in Chicago had assigned black soldiers to guard the prisoners, many of whom were naked. They would take occasional pot-shots with rifles, killing many in the prison yard. At night, the same guards would fire at random through the barracks walls as the prisoners slept. The southern prison near Sumter had little to feed or clothe the union prisoners.
Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln" has been a box-office hit and nominated for 12 Academy Awards, including best picture, best director and best actor for Daniel Day-Lewis, who portrayed our 16th president. I haven't seen the movie; therefore, this column is not about the movie but about a man deified by many. My colleague Thomas DiLorenzo, economics professor at Loyola University Maryland, exposed some of the Lincoln myth in his 2006 book, "Lincoln Unmasked." Now comes Joseph Fallon, cultural intelligence analyst and former U.S. Army Intelligence Center instructor, with his new e-book, "Lincoln Uncensored." Fallon's book examines 10 volumes of collected writings and...
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