After a string of disappointing generals, President Lincoln named Ulysses S. Grant general in chief of the US Army.
Lincoln met with a Confederate delegation at the Hampton Roads Peace Conference. He hoped to negotiate an end to the war, but failed to reach an agreement.
Fearing that Lincoln’s election signaled the end of slavery, South Carolina became the first state to secede from the Union.
Abraham Lincoln was born in a one-room log cabin near Hodgenville, Kentucky, to Thomas Lincoln and Nancy Hanks Lincoln.
Lincoln’s family moved to Spencer County, Indiana, in December 1816.
Lincoln’s father remarried, to Sarah Bush Johnson, a widow with three children.
Lincoln’s family moved near Decatur, Illinois.
Lincoln was elected to the Illinois General Assembly as a member of the Whig Party at the age of twenty-five. He was re-elected to three more terms, in 1836, 1838, and 1840.
Lincoln received his law license in September 1836 and in 1837 moved from New Salem to Springfield, Illinois, where he began practicing law.
Abraham Lincoln married Mary Todd, the daughter of a prominent Lexington, Kentucky, family.