By Riona Virtue and Donnie Young
Abraham Lincoln was born February 12, 1809 i Hardin County, Kentucky/.He had only 18 months of formal education. He made a living in manual labor, before becoming a shopkeeper, then a postman, and then a general store worker. When the Blackhawk War broke out he was elected a captain. He saw no combat. After the 1834, he was elected to the House of Representatives as a member of the Whig party. After his term he became a lawyer, because he was unpopular in his home state of Illinois.
Lincoln's Contributions to the Civil War
During the Civil War, Abraham Lincoln was the president of the United States. His election had been what had caused several Southern States to finally secede from the Union. He then started the war when the troops at Fort Sumter were attacked by South Carolinian soldiers. Throughout the Civil War, he kept support of the war through his speeches. He also was the first president to give his generals orders on how to proceed in combat over the telegraph.
Life After the Civil War
Sadly, Abraham Lincoln did not survive the end of the Civil War, he died six days after the end of the Civil War. He was shot in the head by John Wilkes Booth. He died on April 15, 1865, nine hours after being shot. Lincoln does have a memorial, the Lincoln Memorial, which is located in Washington, D.C.
5 Interesting Facts about Abraham Lincoln
1.) Lincoln was an accomplished wrestler in his youth.
2.) John Wilkes Booth's brother saved the life of Lincoln's son.
3.) Lincoln came under enemy fire in the Civil War.
4.) He was the first president with a beard.
5.) Someone shot at Lincoln in 1864 and put a hole in his stovepipe hat.