Baltimore: Johns Hopkins Press, 1901. First Edition. Flexible leather. Octavo. 141 [+14] pages. Near Fine. Spine titled and ruled in gilt, decorative endpapers. A few extremity rubs, repaired 1.25" cleanly closed tear at top of title page.
An important study of Governor Hicks and his crucial efforts to shape Maryland's loyalties on the eve and in the early years of the Civil War. Includes chapters on Hicks's early political career, rumors of plots against Lincoln to prevent his inauguration, the outbreak of hostilities, assembling the legislature, the rupture between Hicks and the legislature, the suppression of the legislature, etc. That Hicks and Lincoln managed to keep Maryland in the Union was vital, for if they had failed it would have put the United States capital in enemy territory. PRATT, EASTERN SHORE #788.