The First Battles: April 1861 to February 1862

One Special Young Man

Was the importance of the Border States fully appreciated in Washington?

Lincoln, in that inimitable fashion which was beginning to appear, wrote a letter to a friend back home in Illinois, saying this on the Border States:

I think to lose Kentucky is nearly the same as to lose the whole game. Kentucky gone, we cannot hold Missouri, nor, I think, Maryland. These all against us, and the job in our hands is too large for us. We would as well consent to separation at once, including the surrender of this capital.


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