Nathaniel Wright Stephenson (1867-1935) was an American author. His works include: Abraham Lincoln and the Union: A Chronicle of the Embattled North (1918), The Day of the Confederacy: A Chronicle of the Embattled South (1919), Lincoln: An Account of His Personal Life (1922) and The Confederacy and Reconstruction (1926). "In spite of a lapse of sixty years, the historian who attempts to portray the era of Lincoln is still faced with almost impossible demands and still confronted with arbitrary points of view. It is out of the question, in a book so brief as this must necessarily be, to meet all these demands or to alter these points of view. Interests that are purely local, events that did not with certainty contribute to the final outcome, gossip, as well as the mere caprice of the scholar-these must obviously be set aside."