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Lincoln And The Civil War

  • Birth

    Lincoln was born in Hadgenville, Kentucky. He moved to Indiana when he was seven, where he grew up on the frontier. He received little formal education, but he read whenever he was not working on his father's farm. His family moved back to Illinios for health and food reasons later on.
  • Enlistment in the Black Hawk War

    Enlistment in the Black Hawk War
    Lincoln enlisted in the Black Hawk War as a militia captain. He served for around four months.
  • Illinois State Legislature

    Lincoln was elected onto the Illinois State Legislature. He served from 1834 to 1840.
  • US Congress

    US Congress
    Lincoln was elected to US Congress, where he expanded power of the executive and federal government. He also paved the way for the 13th ammendment, which was put into effect after Lincoln died. It abolished slavery everywhere in the US.
  • Election

    It is commonly viewed as the head of a chain of events that led to the Civil War. He was also the first Republican elected to become President. Lincoln received 1,866,452 popular votes and 180 electoral votes in 17 of the 33 states.
  • Inauguration

  • Civil War

    Civil War
    A month after Lincoln's inauguration, the Civil War broke out between the Union and the Confederates.
  • Emancipation Proclamation

    Emancipation Proclamation
    The Emancipation Proclamation freed all slaved in the Confederate states. The states that were loyal to the Union kept their slaves. This eventually led to the emancipation of all slaves in the United States.
  • Gettysburg Address

    His speech was about human equality, the Declaration of Independence, the Founding Fathers, and the war's purpose.
  • Re-election

  • Assassination

    John Wilkes Booth fatally shot Lincoln in the back of the head when he was in Ford's Theater. Lincoln died several hours later in the Petersen house across the street from the theater.