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His father and mother. - History of Thomas Lincoln and his family
a necessary part of Abraham Lincoln's biography. Thomas Lincoln's
ancestors. - Members of the family remaining in Virginia. - Birth of
Thomas Lincoln. - Removal to Kentucky.-Life in the Wilderness.
Lincolns settle in Mercer County. — Thomas Lincoln's father shot by
Indians. Widow and family remove to Washington County. - Thomas
poor. - Wanders into Breckinridge County.- Goes to Hardin County.
Works at the carpenter's trade.-Cannot read or write. - Personal
appearance. Called "Linckhorn," or "Linckhern."-Thomas Lincoln
as a carpenter. Marries Nancy Hanks. Previously courted Sally
Bush. Character of Sally Bush. The person and character of Nancy
Hanks. — Thomas and Nancy Lincoln go to live in a shed. — Birth of a
daughter. They remove to Nolin Creek. - Birth of Abraham. - Re-
moval to Knob Creek. - Little Abe initiated into wild sports. His sad-
ness. Goes to school. -Thomas Lincoln concludes to move. - Did not
fly from the taint of slavery. - Abraham Lincoln always reticent about
the history and character of his family. - Record in his Bible.
Thomas Lincoln builds a boat. — Floats down to the Ohio. - Boat capsizes.
Selects a location. Walks back to
Knob Creek for wife and children.
- Settles between the two Pigeon Creeks. - Gentryville. Selects a site.
Lincoln builds a half-faced camp. Clears ground and raises a small crop.
- Dennis Hanks. - Lincoln builds a cabin.-State of the country.
Indiana admitted to the Union. - Rise of Gentryville. Character of the
The milk-sickness. - Death of Nancy Hanks Lincoln. - Funeral discourse
by David Elkin. - Grave. Tom Lincoln marries Sally Bush. — Her
goods and chattels. — Her surprise at the poverty of the Lincoln cabin. ·
tryville as a centre of business."— Abe and other boys loiter about the
village. Very temperate. "Clerks" for Col. Jones. Abe saves a
drunken man's life. - Fond of music. - Marriage of his sister Nancy.
Extracts from his copy-book. His Chronicles. - Fight with the Grigs-
bys. Abe "the big buck of the lick."-"Speaking meetings at
Gentryville. - Dennis Hanks's account of the way he and Abe became so
learned. Abe attends a court. — Abe expects to be President. — Going
to mill. — Kicked in the head by a horse. - Mr. Wood.-Piece on tem-
perance. On national politics.-Abe tired of home. Works for Mr.
Gentry. — Knowledge of astronomy and geography. - Goes to New
Orleans. Counterfeit money. - Fight with negroes. Scar on his face.
Abe's return from New Orleans. - Sawing planks for a new house. The
milk-sickness. - Removal to Illinois. - Settles near Decatur.— Abe leaves
home. Subsequent removals and death of Thomas Lincoln. · Abe's
relations to the family. Works with John Hanks after leaving home.
Splitting rails. Makes a speech on the improvement of the Sangamon
River. Second voyage to New Orleans. -- Loading and departure of the
"Sticks" on New Salem dam. Abe's contrivance to get her off.
- Model in the Patent Office. Arrival at New Orleans. Negroes
chained. — Abe touched by the sight. Returns on a steamboat.
The site of New Salem. The village as it existed. The first store. - Num-
Lincoln appears a second time at New Salem.
Pilots a boat to Beardstown. Country store.
"Clary's Grove Boys." -Character of Jack Armstrong. He and Abe
become intimate friends. Abe's popularity. - Love of peace. — Habits
of study. — Waylaying strangers for information. - Pilots the steamer
Offutt's business gone to ruin.
The Black Hawk War.
Black Hawk crosses
the Mississippi. - Deceived by his allies.
- The governor's call for
His magnanimity. - Care of his men. - Dispute with a regular officer.
coln's efficiency as an officer. - Amusements of the camp.
Lincoln re-enlists as a private. - Independent spy company.
of the war. Capture of Black Hawk. Release.Death. Grave.
George W. Harrison's recollections. Duties of the spy company.
Company disbanded. - Lincoln's horse stolen. They start home on foot.
Buy a canoe. Feast on a raft. Sell the boat. Walk again.
The volunteers from Sangamon return shortly before the State election. · Abe
a candidate for the Legislature. Mode of bringing forward candidates.
Parties and party names. - State and national politics. — Mr. Lincoln's
position. — Old way of conducting elections. Mr. Lincoln's first stump-
speech. "A general fight." Mr. Lincoln's part in it. - His dress and
appearance. Speech at Island Grove. His stories. A third speech. —
Agrees with the Whigs in the policy of internal improvements. His
own hobby. - Prepares an address to the people. - Mr. Lincoln defeated.
The firm of Lincoln &
Results of the canvass. An opening in business.
company. Retires to the country. Bowlin Greene. Mr. Lincoln's
James Rutledge. — His family.—Ann Rutledge. —John McNeil.
to Ann. His strange story. The loveliness of Ann's person and char-
acter. - Mr. Lincoln courts her. They are engaged to be married. -
Await the return of McNeil. - Ann dies of a broken heart. — Mr.
Lincoln goes crazy.
Bennett Able and family.—Mary Owens. - Mr. Lincoln falls in love with
Mr. Lincoln takes his seat in the Legislature. Schemes of internal improve-
Struggle to amend the Constitution. - The "black code." - Death