Edwin M. Stanton
Historical Figure
Nationality: United States
Date of Birth: 1814
Date of Death: 1869
Cause of Death: Coronary thrombosis
Religion: Methodism
Occupation: Lawyer, Judge, Politician
Spouse: Mary Lamson (died 1844),
Ellen Hutchison
Children: Six
Political Party: Democratic Party (until 1862)
Republican Party (1862-1869)
Political Office(s): United States Attorney General,
U.S. Secretary of War
Fictional Appearances:
The Guns of the South
POD: January 17, 1864
Type of Appearance: Direct
Political Office(s): US Secretary of War

Edwin McMasters Stanton (December 19, 1814 – December 24, 1869), was an American lawyer, politician, United States Attorney General in 1860-61 and Secretary of War through most of the American Civil War and Reconstruction era.

Stanton vigorously pursued those responsible for the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, overseeing the imprisonment, trials, and executions of the accused. He was the center of conflict with Lincoln's successor, Andrew Johnson. Johnson's attempts to remove Stanton resulted in his becoming the first US President to be impeached. Stanton left the Secretary of War position shortly after. He was appointed to the Supreme Court by Johnson's successor Ulysses S. Grant, but died before taking the oath of office.

Edwin M. Stanton in The Guns of the South[]

Edwin M. Stanton was unable to adapt the US military to the Confederate use of AK-47s. When the Second American Revolution ended with a Confederate victory, U.S. President Abraham Lincoln and Confederate President Jefferson Davis agreed to a peace conference with three Peace Commissioners appointed by each side. Lincoln appointed Stanton as one of the three U.S. commissioners, along with William Seward and Benjamin Butler. A peace treaty was negotiated whereby the Confederacy abandoned claims to West Virginia and Maryland, while the United States ceded the Indian Territory. Also, state-wide referendum were to be held to determine the status of Kentucky and Missouri. Kentucky voted to join the Confederacy while Missouri voted to remain with the Union.

Political offices
Preceded by
Jeremiah S. Black
United States Attorney General
Succeeded by
Edward Bates
Preceded by
Simon Cameron
United States Secretary of War
Succeeded by
James M. Schofield
Political offices
(The Guns of the South)
Preceded by
Simon Cameron
United States Secretary of War
Succeeded by