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Of course, he was involved in out to help Lincoln’s the campaign from behind the scenes. campaign. He had spent years splitting wood for He wrote letters, planned strategies fence rails as a youth in Indiana and as a young with party members, and responded man in Illinois. Instead of to the many people who reached out putting off people, it made Lincoln seem down-toto him during those months, earth and understanding of common struggles. including journalists, artists, well-wishers, and concerned citizens.
He certainly intended to come back to live and work in Illinois once his term as president was completed, however. The Lincoln family’s journey to the nation’s capital included many stops. C. In each town, crowds gathered to see Lincoln. He greeted the people warmly and with confidence that he would help make things right within the country. As the train passed through Baltimore, Maryland, threats of assassination by angry Southerners made the travelers nervous. S. Constitution details the swearing in of the ceremony.
Although his fear of war was on its way to being realized, Lincoln took seriously his inauguration pledge not to initiate hostilities. And he still held the responsibility of protecting the Union when and where he could. • 58 • Abraham Lincoln The seceding states had taken hold of most of the forts in the South for Confederate use. Fort Sumter in South Carolina still remained in Union hands, under the command of Major Robert Anderson. Anderson refused to surrender the fort to Confederate forces.