President Abraham Lincoln. The 16th President of these United States and commander and Chief during the bloodiest war ever fought on American soil. A war that placed American against American. Cousins against cousins, and brothers against brothers. I often sit and think about how difficult it must have been for President Lincoln to deal with the decisions he was forced to make during that time. I do not envy him that. Many people think that the President did not have any knowledge of how bloody battle could be. President Lincoln was well versed in blood and battles. He served as a Captain in the Illinois State Militia during the Blackhawk War of 1832. A young Captain Lincoln was at the Stillman Valley battle ground shortly after the skirmish ended, and helped to bury his 12 fallen comrades in that very spot where they sacrificed all they had for the State of Illinois. It is these early times that helped to make a young Captian into a future President. President Lincoln believed that all men should have the chance to be free and have the same right to prosper regardless of the color of their skin. In his years as an American President, Lincoln was a believer in the possibility of an afterlife. Many people say that he wanders the halls of The White House in Washington D.C. Others say that he wanders the hallways in the tomb that is his final resting place. Still others have claimed to see him in the Old State Capitol in Springfield, Illinois. No matter if you have seen him yourself, or visited one of the historic sites that Lincoln himself stood at, Illinois is a State rich in history of a true hero. A man that stood for what he believed, and traveled the path that was less traveled and much more difficult than today. A belief that ultimately took his life. It was President Lincoln that decided to start the Secret Service. It is just a shame that they had not yet been in place to protect him. History is all around us. Many times, it is just down the street if you take the time to look. If I was asked if there was a historic figure that I could meet and speak to for a 24 hour period, I think you all know by reading this who I would pick.
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