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Abraham Lincoln In Depth

Abraham Lincoln In Depth

Abraham Lincoln’s Beautiful Face By Richard J. Behn

We remember his grave face in granite and marble. Friends remembered Abraham Lincoln’s face differently. His “expression in repose was sad and dull; but his ever-recurring humor, at short intervals, flashed forth with the brilliancy of an electric…

Abraham Lincoln & Freedom

Abraham Lincoln & Freedom

Passage

“That Lincoln perceived the larger implications of the action now to be taken we cannot doubt. Some Radicals thought he was too deliberate in dealing doom to the institution, as some Democrats declared that he was an intemperate abolitionist,” said Allan Nevins. …

Abraham Lincoln's White House

Abraham Lincoln's White House

William T. Sherman (1820-1891)

William T. Sherman, “Uncle Billy,” was a Union Army General who served under Ulysses S. Grant. He retired from the Army twice, first in 1853 and then at the outbreak of the war when he was the Superintendent of the state military academy in…

DAILY ABRAHAM LINCOLN BLOG

October 22, 1864 President Lincoln telegraphs General Philip H. Sheridan regarding his recent defeat of Confederates at Cedar Creek : “With great pleasure I tend to you and your brave army, the thanks of the Nation, and my own personal admiration and gratitude for the month’s operations in the Shenandoah [...]...Read More
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Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War
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Abraham Lincoln:
The Impact on the War, Part A

Abraham Lincoln:
The proclamation, Part A

Abraham Lincoln:
New Years Day Reception

Abraham Lincoln & Friends

Abraham Lincoln & Friends

Ward Hill Lamon (1828-1893)

The Lincoln-Lamon partnership endured until 1857, when Lamon took up residence in Bloomington as the county’s district attorney. “Although Mr. Lincoln was my senior by eighteen years, in one important…”

Abraham Lincoln & New York

Abraham Lincoln & New York

Chauncey M. Depew (1834-1928)

The young Yale graduate and lawyer was first elected to the New York Assembly in 1861. In the 1863 legislative session, Chauncey Depew was a likely candidate for speaker of the State Assembly, but the body was evenly split between…

Lincoln's Contemporaries

Lincoln's Contemporaries

Abraham Lincoln and Horace Greeley

The relationship between Horace Greeley and Abraham Lincoln was problematic long before the Illinois lawyer was elected President. Lincoln scholar Roy P. Basler wrote: “The course of Greeley’s opinion and treatment of Lincoln was peculiar and tortuous.”1 Greeley…

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They were big men. George Washington was 6-foot-3. Abraham Lincoln was almost 6-4. Their ambitions were equally big — first for themselves, and then for the nation they would lead.

As young men, both future presidents trained as surveyors at periods when Americans were preoccupied by the development of the frontier and the acquisition of land. Historian John Ferling wrote: “Starting around age fifteen, George learned surveying through self-help books, such as `The Young Man’s Companion,’ and it is probable that he was tutored by some of the surveyors employed by the Fairfaxes.” In his search for self-improvement, 16-year-old Washington famously wrote out the rules for life and behavior from “Rules of Civility & Decent Behavior in Company and Conversation.” That pursuit would continue the rest of his life.

Surveying helped define both men. In 1834 Abraham Lincoln was named as a deputy surveyor of Sangamon County in Illinois; George Washington had been appointed as Culpepper County surveyor in 1749. Ferling observed that, “surveying … was a respectable and often lucrative occupation in Washington’s Virginia, as the population was growing and new frontiers were opening steadily.”

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