Abraham Lincoln. 16th U.S. President by Kekla Magoon

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He wrote to other Republicans, urging them to stand fast on the issue of slavery. He seemed to believe that, in the long run, Southerners would be more committed to the Union than to the institution of slavery. He was wrong. On February 11, 1861, Lincoln bid an emotional farewell to his friends, colleagues, and supporters in Springfield. , to begin the transition into the White House. The stirring speech he delivered at the train depot hinted to the fact that he would never return. On some level, the departure must have felt permanent to Lincoln.

Ten states joined South Carolina and created their own Confederate States of America, Douglas won in complete with a president, Jefferson Davis. Missouri and New Following are the states of the Confederacy in order of secession: Jersey. Breckinridge South Carolina: December 20, 1860 won in 11 Southern Mississippi: January 9, 1861 states. Bell won in Florida: January 10, 1861 Alabama: January 11, 1861 the border states. Georgia: January 19, 1861 Louisiana: January 26, 1861 Lincoln’s name had Texas: February 1, 1861 not even been listed Virginia: April 17, 1861 Arkansas: May 6, 1861 on the ballot in Tennessee: May 7, 1861 North Carolina: May 20, 1861 many of the Southern states, but The Confederacy had its own flag.

Day, he stood on the steps of the halfbuilt Capitol building. Under the protection of cavalry, artillery, and riflemen, he delivered his inaugural address. In that speech, Lincoln pledged his devotion to the Union, promising that he would not start a war. He referred to the oath he had just taken to “preserve, protect, and defend” the Constitution and the nation, 3 • 55 • Essential Lives and he appealed to the citizens to remain united, saying, In your hands, my dissatisfied countrymen, and not in mine, is the momentous issue of civil war.

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