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than any other man of his own or of any otlier time, Mr. Lincoln had but one character and one mode of action, in public and private affairs.
It is the purpose of this work, so far as possible, to facilitate this inquiry. Every public speech, message, letter, or document of any sort from his .pen, so far as accessible, will be found included in its pages. These documents, with the narrative by which they are accompanied, may, it is hoped, aid the public in understanding aright the character and conduct of the most illustrious actor, in the most important era, of American history.
Early Life of Abraham Lincoln.--His Own Record.—His Ancestry.—Changes
of Residence.-Death and Funeral of his Mother.—Entrance upon Polit-
FROM SPRINGFIELD TO WASHINGTON.
Speech at Indianapolis.- Arrival and Speech at Cincinnati-Speech at Ola
lumbus -Speech at Pittsburg.- Arrival and Spoech at Cleveland.- Arri-
THE MILITARY ADMINISTRATION OF 1862.---THE PRESIDENT AND GENERAL
General McClellan succeeds McDowell.—The President's Order for an Ada
vance.-The Movement to the Peninsula.--Rebel Evacuation of Manas.
GENERAL CONDUCT OF TIE ADMINISTRATION IN 1862.
MILITARY EVENTS OF 1863.-THE REBEL DEFEAT AT GETTYSBURG.-TALL
OF VICKSBURG AND PORT LUDSON.
The Battles at Fredericksburg.-Rebel Raid into Pennsylvania. - Results at
Gettysburg.–Vicksburg and Port Hudson Captured. --Public Rejoicings.
- The President's Speech.—Thanksgiving for Victorieg.–Battle of Chat-
MILITARY EVENTS OF THE SPRING AND SUMMER OF 1864.
Battle of the Olustee.-Kilpatrick's Raid on Richmond.—The Red River
Expedition.-The Fort Pillow Massacre.—Rebel Atrocities.-General