Who was Abraham Lincoln

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Who was Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln

"Doesn't it seem strange that I should be here - I, a man who couldn't cut a chicken's head off - with blood running all around me?"

Abraham Lincoln was the 16th President of the United States, during the time of the Civil War. Lincoln was born into a fairly poor family, but he earned much of his success later in life. More books have been written about Lincoln and more legends have been told about him than any other person in American history. He is often regarded as the greatest leader of the United States.

Who was Abraham Lincoln?

As the President of the United States, Lincoln was the commander of the Union army. Lincoln was a person that believed all conflicts could be resolved peacefully, so it was rather ironic that he was suddenly placed in command with almost no experience. He constantly was not satisfied with his generals, but eventually "found his general" in Ulysses S. Grant.

What did Lincoln do?

What were some important Civil War events involving Lincoln?

- Lincoln's Election - The election of Lincoln was the final effect that caused seven of the southern states to secede from the Union. These Confederate states were soon fighting the Union in the Civil War.- Emancipation Proclamation - This proclamation from Lincoln called for the freedom of all slaves in rebellion against the United States. Hearing this, many southern slaves escaped into the north and joined the Union army.- Gettysburg Address - This was Lincoln's most famous speech. He delivered it to sum up the principles of why the people were fighting to preserve the Union.- Surrender at Appomattox - When the Confederate forces were defeated by the Union, Lincoln allowed them to return home safely. It was his view that they should be welcomed back as brothers to enable healing to begin.- Assassination of Lincoln - Five days after the surrender at Appomattox, Lincoln was shot in the back of the head while watching a play by John Wilkes Booth, a Confederate sympathizer. He died the next morning, leaving the task of reconstruction to the new President, Andrew Johnson.

Lincoln finally found a general he was satisfied with - Ulysses S. Grant.


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