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  • Warning to the South
  • Called on the states for 75,000 volunteers when Confederate batteries fired on Fort Sumter and forced its surrenderFour more slave states joined the ConfederacyCivil War had begun
  • With Lincoln’s death, the possibility of peace with magnanimity died

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  • Abraham Lincoln
  • Birthplace
    February 12, 1809
    Hardin County, Kentucky
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  • Family
    Son of Kentucky frontiersman
    Both parents born in Virginia
    Father moved from KY to Indiana when he was 8
    Mother died when he was 10
    Married Mary Todd
    Had 4 boys, only one of whom lived to maturity
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  • No Formal Education
    Made extraordinary efforts to attain knowledge
    “Still somehow, I could read, write, and cipher… but that was all.”
  • “His ambition was a little engine that knew no rest”
    Worked on a farm
    Split rails for fences
    Keeping store at New Salem, Illinois
    Captain in the Black Hawk War
    Spent 8 years in the Illinois legislature
  • 1858
    Ran against Stephen A. Douglas for Senator
    He lost but his debates gained him a national reputation that won him the Republican nomination for President in 1860
  • First Inaugural Address
    “In your hands, my dissatisfied fellow countrymen, and not in mine, is the momentous issue of civil war. The government will not assail you… You have no oath registered in Heaven to destroy the government, while I shall have the most solemn one to preserve, protect and defend it.”
  • Secession ILLEGAL
    Willing to use force to defend Federal law and the Union
  • President Lincoln
    Built the Republican Party into a strong national organization
    Rallied most northern Democrats to the Union cause
    Jan. 1, 1863 – issued the Emancipation Proclamation
  • Civil War
    “that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain– that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom – and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish for the earth.”
    - Gettysburg Address
  • Re-election in 1864
    Union military triumphs heralded an end to the war
  • Second Inaugural Address
    “With malice toward none; with charity for all; with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in; to bind up the nation’s wounds…”
  • April 14, 1865 Good Friday
    Lincoln was assassinated at Ford’s Theatre in Washington by John Wilkes Booth who somehow thought he was helping the South.