From du Pont's gunpowder and Borden's condensed milk to Procter & Gamble's soap and Brooks Brothers' uniforms, this history investigates how today's familiar brand names served a vital role for the Union during the Civil War. Rarely told stories from the companies who supplied soldiers and sailors with food, clothing, weapons, and medicine recount tales of political intrigue, family and friends torn apart, and paths crossed with Abraham Lincoln. These accounts show that life during conflict can often be as intriguing and dangerous for a company of employees as it is a company of soldiers.
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James M. Schmidt is the author of more than 50 articles on American history. He has been featured in Chemical Heritage, Civil War News, Learning through History, North & South, and World War II. He lives near Houston, Texas.
""Lincoln's Labels" tells how some businesses still operating contributed to, and were affected by, the Civil War. It does this quite well . . . But "Lincoln's Labels" is also about one of the many ways which we--Americans of the early 21st century--are linked inextricably to the great national epic . . . A good read for anyone, scholar, 'buff, ' or ordinary citizen." --Al Nofi, author, "A Civil War Treasury", from the foreword
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