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The More Things Change

“The President, suspicious of honest men but credulous when among rogues, had swallowed the theory… that the whole affair had been blown up as a political stunt.”

— Gerald Carson, writing about President Ulysses S. Grant and his appointees’ involvement in the “Whiskey Ring” in 1875, in The Social History of Bourbon (1963)


PM General

On July 11, 1864, Confederate General Jubal Early took over “Silver Spring,” the Maryland home of U.S. Postmaster General Montgomery Blair, as headquarters for his army, a force bent on invading Washington in the third and last such attempt of the Civil War. General Early smoked Blair’s cigars, drank his wine and the next day, before retreating, burnt down his house.