Hold Your Horses: Don’t Stop the Press!

David S. Reynolds, in his New York Times review of Harold Holzer’s Lincoln and the Power of the Press writes that “Lincoln had to harness animosity against the press on the part of some of his generals. When Gen. Ambrose E. Burnside ordered that The Chicago Times ‘be padlocked and its gun-toting editor arrested,’ Lincoln revoked Burnside’s order, and the Newspaper resumed publication.”

I’m pretty sure Reynolds meant “rein in” (restrain) rather than “harness” (make use of). I have no idea whether anyone else ever gets this wrong, but it’s an interesting bit of confusion.

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