"The Thunderer"

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"The Thunderer" The nickname , originating in Great Britain, for "The Times" of London. The paper covered the war with such famous correspondents as William Howard Russell and Charles Mackay. Its thundering voice was considered to be powerful enough to sway British opinions about the war and Parliament's decision on whether it would recognize the Confederacy (which it did not despite 'The Times' bias toward the Confederacy). When Russell met Abraham Lincoln in 1861, the president told him, "The London Times" is one of the greatest powers in the world. In fact, I don't know anything which has much more power, except perhaps the Mississippi."

From The Language of the Civil War by John D. Wright page 299.
 

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