Pinkerton, Lincoln, Gen. McClernand at Antietam, Oct 3, 1862.
("The Story of Abraham Lincoln/In the Legislature," Wikisource, The Free Library <http://en.wikisource.org/w/index.php?title=The_Story_of_Abraham_Lincoln/In_the_Legislature&oldid=646004>, accessed February 4, 2011.)
Lincoln began his political career when he was elected to the Illinois State Legislature at the age of 22. Two years later, the people re-elected him for a second term.
He was ultimately sworn in as president on March 4, 1861, and fought four years against an onslaught of counter-mixing opinions to preserve the nation against all odds. He met the humane purpose of the war head-on with the Emancipation Proclamation to free the slaves.
On November 19, 1863, Lincoln delivered a most eloquent speech, the Gettysburg Address, over a terrain littered with thousands of Civil War dead from both sides.
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