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Paul Dunn

Historian Paul R. Dunn has been writing The Civil War Diaries of Abraham Lincoln – Including His Recurring Dreams for the past four years. It is a 4-volume work starting in 1860 and running to the assassination of the president in 1865. Volume I (1860 to 1862) and Volume II (1862 to 1863) are now available on Amazon.com and Kindle. Autographed copies are available by contacting the Country Bookshop in Southern Pines, NC (Mary.thecountrybookshop@gmail.com) or by calling Mary at 910 692-3211. Volume III will be available in March of 2019. Volume IV is expected to be completed in 2020.

Abraham Lincoln died intestate, leaving no will. He also died leaving no diary. Historian Paul R. Dunn decided that he would write a diary for him. The diary he has written is purely fictional but is accurately based upon the historic record of Lincoln just before and throughout the trying days and nights of the Civil War. Each book is FACTION: part fact and part fiction. Every entry is based upon historic records, which show exactly where Lincoln was on a certain date and identifies those he met and communicated with, including his Cabinet, military and naval officers, friends, politicians and family members. It includes references to his letters and telegrams. It describes how he decided the fate of condemned soldiers and sailors who had been sentenced to prison or death for war crimes, including desertion and murder. It explains how he dealt with his generals and admirals. It describes how he was forced to become more and more involved in the development of strategies that would defeat the Confederate forces. It paints a picture of his complicated relationship with his wife, Mary Todd Lincoln, whose mental health deteriorated upon the death of their son Willie Lincoln.

Abraham Lincoln was an incredibly complicated man. Logical as an experienced country lawyer and intellectual, he was also noted for his raw country humor. During trying Cabinet meetings, he would frequently resort to humor and off-color jokes to lighten the heavy and depressing moods of the meetings. At the same time, this man who gave so much joy and laughter to those around him was a man haunted by his dreams. Paul R. Dunn includes some of his dreams in each volume. They are based upon remembrances of important life experiences and upon the many personal tragedies in his life. A man of exuberant humor, he also experienced melancholy and depression, particularly at times of wartime defeats and horrific casualties. In a war of huge battlefield losses, he was personally pained whenever news reached him of the death of a friend or relative. 

Author Dunn has brought all this tragedy and triumph to his readers via Lincoln’s wartime diaries.

Paul Dunn with book cover artwork, (not actual size, for display only)

Books

War Diaries I - VI

Abraham Lincoln died intestate, leaving no will. He also died leaving no diary. Historian Paul R. Dunn decided that he would write a diary for him. The diary he has written is purely fictional but is accurately based upon the historic record of Lincoln just before and throughout the trying days and nights of the Civil War.

 

Donald Ross Golf Courses VII

Paul R. Dunn and B.J. Dunn spent years researching the history of over 300 golf courses created by America’s most prolific and foremost golf course architect, Donald Ross, including those which are open to public play.

 

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I thoroughly enjoy these volumes about Lincoln.  They are a great read! As an avid amateur historian, I have enjoyed many of the great works of history chronicling the trauma of the Civil War, or as the southerners say, the war of northern aggression.  These include McPerson, Foote, Catton, Holzer, and Nevins among many others.  But what I found so enlivening, thought provoking and totally enjoyable in Paul Dunn’s works was the added dimension of considering what might have been going on inside the mind of, arguably, the principal actor on this stage in U.S. history.  It is fictionalized…or…is it? 

As a lawyer, at first, I kept trying to argue, not in a negative way, but just constantly thinking of it as fiction.  But the detail in the descriptions of Lincoln’s thinking and dreams, the complementarity with the actual surrounding events were so reasonable, so palpable, and, well, what can I say, seemingly probable, I was left trying to prove the negative in every case.  Then, in the end, happily I began to accept the very real likelihood that Dunn may have been right in what was going on in Lincoln’s mind.  Whenever thoughts, dreams or intentions are involved, an author is always treading in the area of speculation, however informed.  But, when an author like Mr. Dunn, who has so exhaustively researched Lincoln’s life, his interactions with those around him, his struggles, doubts, convictions, spiritual beliefs, in a word, all those subtle indications of personality, character and soul that make up a person, the result is a very personal, humanistic assessment of Lincoln that increases our understanding and personal familiarity with a man of extraordinary complexity but one of compassion and heart, and one, ultimately destined to be a leader who belongs to the ages.

– Paul Kendall, Esq.