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Time's been a. flyin' like green water
through tha scuppers on its way
back to tha briny since I put my hand
to writin' matter. But us Navies shure
been a bearin' down hard durin' this
season ' stead 0' patchin' up harness
and tools like you uns do back on your
Please be a forgivin' a body for his
forgettin' ways, Sal, ' cause my heart
stills warms a mite for you. And if
you haven't traipsed up tha middle 0'
Squire Mn1truck's preachin' house
with that no account Felix Jackson a
danglin' you on his arm you can do me
a pert heap 0' good by sendin' me writin
' Member that little squirt, Exodus
Jones, who allus had to drape tha 01'
schoo1' 3 dunce cap over his no account
ears at school whenever his Pa could
spare him from chorin'? Tha hankerin'
0' tha sea musta ate into his bones
so or his old man musta been larrupin'
tha tar outa his onery hide again
- - - - - anyway, bein' past tha consent
age he joined up with tha Navy for
a hitch ' cause I ran smack dab into tha
critter tha other day. He was peelin'
tators on tha spud pile.
Exodus got up when he saw me a
buggin' my eyes out at him. " Gus, you
all heah too?"
Seein' he was down in tha dumps
and not wishin' to say more ' count 0'
puttin' more bilge water on his spirits
I only said, " yes."
He looked so sad. After a spell he
s011; a slithered down and took to blubberin'.
" Fust, they axed me to walk
' round with a & quirrelin' piece. They
took to makin' me sleep in a swingin'
bed. Now they got me a doin' female
work - - - - - and no pone or pot likker
to put in a body's belly. I was raised
on ' em eatin's."
" Yeah," said I, hittin' him ' cross
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to the folks at home.
life and practiced law in Springfield,
Illinois, in partnership with his old
friend, Major John T. Stuart. In 1846
Lincoln again returned to public life
upon being elected to the House of
Representatives where he served one
term. In 1858 he debated the Slavery
Question with Stephen A. Douglas in
the latter's successful campaign for
reelection to the U. S. Senate.
Two years later the new Republican
party met in convention at Chicago
to nominate their presidential
candidate. The favorite was Senator
William H. Seward of New York who
was later to be Secretary of State in
Lincoln's cabinet, but due to his great
political prominence, the party leaders
were afraid to nominate him and
nominated Lincoln instead, who, tho
little known outside of his own state
had a solid reputation of many years
standing for sincerity, frankness and
honesty. In the election that followed,
Lincoln would have been badly defeated
had it not been that the Democratic
vote was divided between two
candidates, so it seems that fate interceded
at this critical time and provided
the Union with this kindly,
country lawer who was destined to
be one of our greatest leaders.
Many volumes have been written on
the civil war, its campaigns, and the
life of Lincoln, but there is no room
for further comment on them here.
Rather, I would like to suggest that,
whether familiar with it or not, you
take the necessary few minutes and
look up " Lincoln's Gettysburg Address."
You will be richly rewarded.
It was delivered November 19th, 1863,
at the dedication of a memorial on the
Battlefield at Gettysburg, Penn.
When the war was over Lincoln
stood steadfast in defence of the South
against those of the North who would
plunder it. " Enough lives have been
sacrificed, we must extinguish our
resentments," he said at what was
to be his last cabinet meeting.
But Lincoln's star had already set,
he was shot while attending a performance
in Ford's theater the evening
of April 14th, 1865 and died the
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In 1834 Lincoln was elected to the
Illinois legislature where he served until
1841 when he retired from public
12 February, 1936
against the Indians under BlackHawk,
the war chief of the Sacs. Lincoln
joined a volunteer company and to
his own surprize was elected captain.
On April 21, 1832, the company was
organized at Richmond, Sangamon
County, and on April 28 was inspected
and mustered into service at Beardstown
and attached to Colonel Samuel
Thompson's regiment, the Fourth Illinois
Mounted Volunteers. the campaign
produced no serious fighting
and the volunteers not being enlisted
for any specified period of time became
anxious to be mustered out of
service which was done on May 27
by orders of the Governor. Not wishing
to weaken his forces before the
arrival of new troops already enroute,
the Governor called for volunteers to
remain in service for twenty days longer.
Therefore, on the same day on
which he was mustered out as a captain,
Lincoln reenlisted as a private
in Captain TIes company of mounted
volunteers, organizeld , primarily
for scouting service.
Other officers who imitated
this patriotic example were
General Whiteside and Major John T.
Stuart with whom Lincoln later practiced
law. Captain TIes' company was
mustered out of service on June 16,
1832 after having faithfully performed
its duties, and Lincoln returned to
New Salem. During the election the
August following, he was defeated in
the campaign for election to the legislature.
This is the only time he was
ever defeated on a direct vote of the