In , he immigrated to the United States with his father, attended school in Cincinnati, and later went to Illinois, where he edited the Pike County Free Press at Pittsfield.
Then he became assistant to the secretary of state of Illinois and while in this position met Abraham Lincoln. In , Lincoln appointed Nicolay to be his private secretary, which was the first official act of his new administration.
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Nicolay served in this capacity until Lincoln's death in Shortly before the president's assassination, Lincoln appointed Nicolay to a diplomatic post in France. He was marshal of the United States Supreme Court In , Nicolay wrote The Outbreak of the Rebellion. Nicolay and John Hay, who had worked alongside Nicolay as assistant secretary to Lincoln, collaborated on the official biography of the 16th President.
It appeared in The Century Magazine serially from to and was then issued in book form as ten volumes, together with the two-volume Complete Works of Abraham Lincoln.
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The resulting biography is a definitive resource on Lincoln and his times. Nicolay and Hay also edited Lincoln's Works in twelve volumes In the documentary Lincoln , the German-born Nicolay is voiced by the Austrian-born actor, Arnold Schwarzenegger. The Outbreak of Rebellion is the first of twelve volumes in this series to be produced in audiobook format by Audio Americana. John G.
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Nicolay was private secretary to Abraham Lincoln in Illinois and followed the president-elect to Washington D. While modern historians may find Nicolay's objectivity occasionally wanting, especially in his vociferous condemnation of the southern ""conspiracy,"" his contemporary account of the secession of South Carolina, the surrender of Fort Sumter, and the retreat from Bull Run provide the sort of vivid, first-person recollections that make The Outbreak of Rebellion an enduring classic, and the Campaigns of the Civil War series a cornerstone of Civil War literature.
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Campaigns Of the Civil War - I the Outbreak Of Rebellion by Nicolay, John G
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