"The Day Lincoln Was Almost Shot:
The Fort Stevens Story"
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Dr. Benjamin Franklin (Frank) Cooling, III, speaks in the Washingtoniana Room at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library in Washington, DC, on July 10, 2014, as part of the events associated with the 150th Anniversary of "The Battle that Saved Washington."
Summary of Presentation:
As part of the sesquicentennial commemoration of the Battle of Fort Stevens, Dr. Cooling discusses his new book on the famous battle: The Day Lincoln Was Almost Shot: The Fort Stevens Story. The book recounts the story of Confederate General Jubal Early's role in the Civil War in July 1864. His campaign stands apart in American history as the only time a sitting president came under enemy fire while in office.
Dr. Cooling offers a close study of the attempt General Early to capture Washington, D.C., to remove Lincoln and the Union government from power, and turn the tide of the Civil War in the South's favor. The dramatic events of this attempt to capture Washington—and the president with it—unfold in stunning detail as Dr. Cooling taps fresh documentary sources and offers a new interpretation of this story of the defense of the nation’s capital.
Dr. Cooling is a highly regarded historian who currently serves as a Professor of National Security Studies at the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, National Defense University, in Washington, DC. Earlier assignments in his distinguished career included Assistant Director for Historic Services, U S Army Military History Research Institute, Carlisle Barracks, PA, and Chief of the Special Histories Branch, Office of the Chief of Air Force in Washington, DC and Chief Historian, Department of Energy.
Dr. Cooling's books and publications include: (1) Mr. Lincoln's Forts: A Guide to the Civil War Defenses of Washington; (2) Jubal Early's Raid on Washington; (3) Jubal Early: Robert E. Lee's Bad Old Man; (4) Symbol, Sword, and Shield: Defending Washington During the Civil War; (5) Counter-Thrust: From the Peninsula to the Antietam; (6) The Day Lincoln Was Almost Shot: The Fort Stevens Story; and (7) Forts Henry and Donelson--The Key to the Confederate Heartland.