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Abraham Lincoln, by George Peter Alexander Healy

Civil War: Union Military Leaders

Abraham Lincoln, by George Peter Alexander Healy

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As president, Abraham Lincoln (1808-1865, painting from 1860) preserved the Union during the Civil War. Renowned as an intelligent and eloquent speaker, Lincoln was assassinated in 1865.

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