By Pamela Hill Nettleton
A quick biography that highlights a few very important occasions within the lifetime of the guy who used to be President in the course of the Civil conflict.
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To occupy himself he began to accept speaking invitations and write scholarly articles, and he published a volume of his speeches privately in 1891. He also enjoyed Boston social life, increasingly without the company of Fanny, who preferred to remain at home. Many of his social contacts were with women, and he developed a reputation as a flirt. Despite his numerous female friendships and Fanny’s reclusiveness, Holmes did not become romantically involved with other women during his years on the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts, with one exception.
54 T H E P R AC T I C A L S T RU G G L E O F L I F E : B E C O M I N G A L AW Y E R A N D A J U D G E “THE LIFE OF THE LAW HAS NOT BEEN LOGIC” The Common Law appeared originally in March 1881 and is still in print. Holmes’s object in the book was to discuss the “history and existing theories of legislation” surrounding legal subjects such as crimes, torts, contracts, and property transactions. By “theories of legislation” Holmes meant the policy reasons for preferring one legal rule over another in those subjects.
During that time, he began to consider the possibility of taking a staff position, somewhat away from the front lines, and when he returned to active service in January 1864, it was as an aide to General Horatio Wright of the Sixth Corps. The cumulative horrors of the war were beginning to take their toll on Holmes. He wrote his mother in June 1864, after the terrible Chancellorsville and Wilderness campaigns had ended, that he was thinking of waiving promotion and leaving the service. “The reason,” he said, was that “a doubt demoralizes me as it does any nervous man—and now I This sketch of one of the battles around Chancellorsville, Virginia, May 5–12, 1864, shows the terrible carnage that resulted from Union and Confederate troops shooting rifles at each other from close range in densely wooded terrain.