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Bruce Cotton: "Lincoln would have been a
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Lenoir Chamber*, noting that Lincoln came
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In a short autobiography, he wrote that as a boy
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man at the White House heard him say, "Voorhees,
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so much as cut off the head of a chicken, should be
elected, or selected, into the midst of all this
blood?” While the war was on he was photo
graphed many times, and his face at all times had
the look of a sad man. Having the look of a man
familiar wit h sorrow, continued on page 19

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