February 12th Abraham Lincoln’s Birthday

Today is Abraham Lincoln’s birthday, February 12th, 1809. He is truly one of the greatest Presidents we have ever had, though if you study history it may not be for what you think he should be remembered for. He held this country together at a time when it could easily have fallen apart and led a nation through the bloodiest wars it has ever seen.

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A young Lincoln did not have a very joyful life. He worked hard, studied and bettered himself on his way to becoming the President. His one true love died before he could marry her and he settled in with a woman that was just as depressed as he was.

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Becoming President, he found himself in control of a divided union that would have most likely succumbed with anyone else in charge. The issues were purely economical and the rights of the states over the rights of the Federal government. It was a war that the south could never win but the union could easily lose.

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Though Lincoln is probably best known for the Emancipation Proclaimation it too was not what the history books often show it to be. Lincoln was anti-slavery, but slavery was only a rally call for the war. The Proclaimation was written to keep England and France out of the war, siding with the Confederacy. Since slavery was abolished in those countries, and somewhat now in the north, those countries could not very well help the Confederacy. The only slaves freed by the Proclamation were those in the states Lincoln had no control over.

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No doubt Lincoln would have freed all the slaves had he lived long enough.  John Wilkes Booth saw to it that he did not have the opportunity. On April 14th, Good Friday, Booth assasinated Lincoln at Ford’s Theater.

How to celebrate – Read more about Lincoln and learn the truth of his Presidency. Make a cake for Lincoln, but don’t expect him to show up to eat it. Learn the real causes of the Civil War.

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February 12th Abraham Lincoln’s Birthday

Today is Abraham Lincoln’s birthday, the 16th president of the Untied States, better known as “Honest Abe”. Born in Kentucky, 1809, Lincoln lived an interesting life before he became president.

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He educated himself, did practically every job there was, led military units in the Black Hawk War (Though they never saw action) and loved a woman (Ann Rutledge) who died before he could marry her.

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He never truly wanted to run for president but allowed himself to be talked into it. He was opposed to war but found himself leading a nation during the Civil War. He was opposed to slavery but initially did not fight to remove it, hoping to keep the states together. To keep England, and the rest of Europe, out of the war he wrote the Emancipation Proclamation freeing the slaves only in the states rebelling. (It was later proclaimed slaves should be free n every state)

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He gave perhaps the greatest speech ever given, the Gettysburg Address lasting a little over two minutes after Edward Everett had spoken for over 2 hours (Which was the fashion of the day). Lincoln thought his speech was a failure when no one in the audience responded. He had actually left them speechless.

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Sadly Lincoln was killed by John Wilkes Booth at Ford’s Theatre on April 14th, 1865. As president he did a lot of good, he also made mistakes. Whether he was a great president or not is open to opinion . No doubt he did he bast he could considering the circumstances and was, no doubt, the right man at the right time.

How to celebrate – Read a book about Lincoln. Watch a movie about Lincoln. Get a opy of the Gettysburg Address.

December 20th Mudd Day

We all know that John Wilkes Booth shot and killed President Abraham Lincoln on April 14th, 1865. Most of us also know that he jumped from the presidential box onto the stage at Ford’s Theater and broke his leg before making his exit.

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What may not be known is that he traveled south, thinking he would be a hero but found things drastically different. His leg hampered his progress so he stopped at a local doctor’s. known to have been a southern sympathizer. That doctor was Samuel Mudd.

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Mudd was no fan of Booth’s either. By 1865 everyone was tired of war and knew that assassinating the beloved President would only cause the south to suffer even more. Still, Mudd did not report setting Booth’s leg and was arrested on April 26th as a co-conspirator. He escaped the death penalty by 1 vote and was imprisoned for life.

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He was sent to Fort Jefferson in the Dry Tortugas, then a prison for many southerners and deserters. While there, he became the prisons doctor when yellow fever broke out among the population. He treated the prisoners with little help and won a pardon from President Andrew Johnson in 1869.

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Mudd was born on December 20th, 1833. No one knows for sure whether Mudd was in league with Booth or not. It would appear he was not, but he never said one way or the other. Today is name is the source of saying someone’s “name is mudd”. Though it isn’t used much anymore it has kept Mudd’s name in front of the public longer than Booth’s.

How to celebrate – Read a book about Mudd and determine for yourself if he was guilty or not. Visit Fort Jefferson just off the coast of Florida. Mudd’s home in Virginia is a historical site, open for viewing.