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Abraham lincoln


Four score and seven years ago, our fathers brought forth upon this continent a new
nation: conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created
equal. (Lincoln) Abraham Lincoln was a true American hero. He brought this country through
a time of succession and rebellion, through his thoughtful planning, tyranny like
leadership, and amiable individuality. He, with a half a nation of armed forces, liberated
the slaves and united a nation.

Abraham Lincoln was born on February 12, 1809, in a log cabin on a farm in Hardin country,
Kentucky. He was the son of Thomas and Nancy Hanks Lincoln, and was named after his
grandfather (Lincoln). Thomas Lincoln was a carpenter and farmer. Both of Abraham's
parents were members of a Baptist congregation, which had separated from another church
due to the disagreement of slavery. (needy pg 121) He as a young child spent a lot of the
day doing one of two things; reading books, or doing household tasks.

In 1816, when Abraham was 7, he moved with his family to Indiana. There his mother died in
1818 of a milk sickness, a disease obtained from drinking the milk of cows, which had
grazed on poisonous white snakeroot. This devastated Abe "God bless my mother. All that I
am and ever hope to be, I owe to her." (Lincoln)

When he was 15 years old he often worked as a hired hand on other farms. While he plowed
or split fence rails, he usually had book tucked in his shirt to read while on his lunch
breaks. Once a farmer loaned him The Life of George Washington, by Parson Weems, and Abe
accidentally left it in the rain. To pay for the damage, Abe shucked corn for him for
three days. Throughout his life Abraham Lincoln made every effort to do be fair, hence he
came to be know as "Honest Abe". This fairness that he learned in his child hood would
stay with him the rest of his life.

Using his skill as a speaker and Ethics on slavery Abraham and his running mate Hannibal
Hamlin ran for the presidential seat for the Republican Party in 1860. They set out on a
long campaign, of mostly northern states, sometimes they were the only ones traveling.
They spoke many places such as Illinois, Missouri and many others. This devoted work paid
off as Lincoln was appointed the 16th president of the United States of America November
6, 1860. (Norton)

After the election was over the president and his wife moved to the white house. Right
before he left, though he received a letter from a 11 year old girl. "My father has just
home from the fair and brought home your picture and Mr. Hamlin's. I am a little girl only
11 years old, but want you should be President of the United States very much so I hope
you wont think me very bold to write to such a great man as you are. Have you any little
girls about as large as I am if so give them my love and tell her to write to me if you
cannot answer this letter." (Bedell, letter to Lincoln)

This letter made him grow out his beard, which she said that his face was to skinny. He
found this to be the look for him and he kept it Intel his assassination.

Before Mr. Lincoln and his wife could get to the white house a first wave of secession
occurred. On December 20, 1860 and in tell February 1, 1861 the following states seceded,
South Carolina, Mississippi, Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, and Texas. They seceded
because they said that they feared the kind of government that Abraham Lincoln and the
republican party would bring. Then following the inauguration of Lincoln, the second wave
began on April 17 with the secession of Virginia. This wave was continued by Arkansas,
Tennessee and North Carolina. Abraham hated the secession, a month into it he had a group
called the Zouies lead by his friend Elmer Ellsworth march into Alexandria were he could
see a flying confederate flag from a high tower. The Zouies took the flag down that
Lincoln hated however his friend Elmer was killed in this process.

As a hero Abraham Lincoln took to the war effort as soon as possible. He rounded up a army
of nearly 70,000 men, and defend against a attack on union soil from general of the
southern army, Irvin McDowell. The battle sent the union troops back across the border to
Washington. This being the first battle of the civil war called "bull run" Abraham Lincoln
was unhappy at this, he had appointed general McDowell which had not been a good choice.
Aware of the threat of a drawn out war and the army's need for organization and training,
Lincoln replaced McDowell with General George B. McClellan and sent a blockade around the
south.
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