Carleton Coffin (1823-1896)
It was aptly said of journalist/historian, Charles C. Coffin, "His
pen is never idle." And no wonder! He had volumes to write about.
And he did. He penned accurate chronicles of the history he learned
at the knee of his own grandparents, and at the fireside re-enactments
of his neighbors—all veterans of the battles at Bunker Hill,
Lexington, and Concord—all present and accounted for when "the
shot was heard around the world!" The vivid descriptions of the
battles detailed in Coffin's published history, The Boys of '76, is
due in great measure to the stories of these aging patriots of our
American War for Independence.
rich heritage sparked Coffin's passion for history, and he read everything
he could get his hands on. Volumes such as, The History of the Expedition
of Lewis and Clark and historical works on the Pilgrims, the Indian
Wars, and the Revolution. Even the Federalists Papers were studied
in depth before he was past the age of fourteen.
1850, Coffin put his pen to paper, and entered the exciting field
of journalism in contributing to the Boston Journal and the New York
Tribune. By 1850, Mr. Coffin held the position of night editor of
the Journal. It was the most turbulent period in the history of the
Republic. The Southern States were then seceding. Coffin's journalistic
pen soon took to the field—the battlefield, as he actively became
a war correspondent. Throughout his cutting-edge career, he was either
an eyewitness, or the first to report about the Battle of Bull Run,
the capturing of Fort Henry, the attack on Sumter by the Monitor,
the bombardment of Fort McAllister, and Gettysburg. With the fall
of Richmond, and the surrender at Appomattox Courthouse, Coffin's
occupation as an army correspondent abruptly ended.
the next two and a half years, the Boston Journal printed a weekly
column by Coffin. And no wonder! Throughout Europe, the Middle East,
and the Orient, with pen in hand, he found himself in the historically
eventful company of Prime Minister Disraeli and the renown Charles
Dickens in Britain; a provincial governor in China; the Emperor and
Empress in Austria; along with the Emperor William I, Bismarck, and
the Czar of Russia in Berlin, to name a few. Upon returning to the
States in 1869, he published the first four volumes of history—a
living, breathing history.
we are excited to report that Mantle Ministries has re-published those
same four volumes of the fascinating, accurate, Providential history
in our Charles Coffin Historical Collection—ideal for the avid
history student in enjoyable reading form. Suitable for junior and
senior high students, as well as adults.