This measure had a farther reaching effect than merely giving the Union armies an increased supply of men. He saw no combat during this time, save for "a good many bloody struggles with the mosquitoes," but was able to make several important political connections.
But Lincoln did what not many of the noblest and greatest men in history would have been noble and great enough to do. One of his biographers, who knew him before he became President, says: "Lincoln's compassion might be stirred deeply by an object present, but never by an object absent and unseen.
At the rude social frolics of the settlement he became an important person, telling funny stories, mimicking the itinerant preachers who had happened to pass by, and making his mark at wrestling matches, too; for at the age of seventeen he had attained his full height, six feet four inches in his stockings, if he had any, and a terribly muscular clodhopper he was.
He was not given a middle name. Chase of Ohio. When he moved to Springfield inhe began to work as a lawyer. In addition to the facts that most people know - Abraham Lincoln February 12, - April 15, was the 16th president and he issued the Emancipation Proclamation - there are plenty more facts about one of the most popular and accomplished presidents.
He was considered to be a very spiritual man. His famous line from his nomination acceptance speech was, "A house divided against itself cannot stand. But in time, Lincoln called off the match.
Congress adopted the resolution recommended, and soon went a step farther in passing a bill to abolish slavery in the District of Columbia.
It might, perhaps, have been better had there been, at the beginning of the administration, some decided clash between Lincoln and Chase, as there was between Lincoln and Seward, to bring on a full mutual explanation, and to make Chase appreciate the real seriousness of Lincoln's nature.