Lincoln’s Election, Southern Secession: 1860 to April 1861


Did Lincoln campaign during the autumn of 1860?

Hardly at all. A much better use of his time—as he perceived it—was to monitor events from Springfield. The telegraph assisted him greatly.

Springfield did throw one large party for its most famous resident. In the heat of the late summer, thousands of people came to the Lincoln home, practically taking it over for the afternoon. A photograph taken that day shows Lincoln in a white suit, dominating the scene—as usual—by virtue of his height.


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