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Civil War 150

Special coverage of the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War

Letters to Abraham Lincoln during his election and first year as president

The city that awaited Abraham Lincoln in fall 1860 was a far cry from the populous, gleaming capital it would become after -- and largely because of -- the Civil War.

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Sunday, November 7, 2010

Chillocothe Ohio

April 2nd 1861

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Hon. Abraham Lincoln

President of the U.S.

Dear Sir

I have this day Sent to you per the Adams Express Co one Box inclosed you fill find one pair of Slippers worked by my Little Daughter as a present for you from her. . . . I often think of you in (these) trublesome times and Pray God that he may give you Wisdom and Strenght to guide the Ship of State into the harber of Safty -- I am but a poor humble Mechanic and Seek no office But I Love my Country and would Die in its defence though I must not intrude on your time with a Long Letter will you please let me know if you receive the package and oblige

-- Yours truly S. Shreckengaust

Feb 14 1861

Sir

Mr Abe Lincoln


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