Early Life of Abraham Lincoln.-His Own Record.-His Ancestry.-Changes
of Residence.-Death and Funeral of his Mother.-Entrance upon Polit-
ical Life.-A Member of the Legislature and of Congress.-The Mexican
THE LINCOLN-DOUGLAS DEBATE.
Presidential Campaign of 1856.-Douglas at Springfield.in 1857.—Lincoln's
Reply.-The Great Debate.-Eloquent Defence of the Doctrines of the
Republican Party.-Result of the Contest..... Page 46
MR. LINCOLN AND THE PRESIDENCY.
The Campaign of 1859 in Ohio.-Mr. Lincoln's Speeches at Columbus and
Cincinnati. His Visit to the East.-In New York City.-The Great
Speech at Cooper Institute.-Mr. Lincoln nominated for the Presidency.
FROM THE ELECTION, NOVEMBER 6, 1860, TO THE INAUGURATION, MARCH 4,
The Presidential Election.-Secession of South Carolina.—Formation of the
Rebel Confederacy. The Objects of Secession.-Secession Movements in
Washington.-Debates in Congress.-The Crittenden Resolutions.-Con-
ciliatory Action of Congress.-The Peace Conference.-Action of Con-
gress.-The Secession Movement unchecked....
FROM SPRINGFIELD TO WASHINGTON.
Speech at Indianapolis.-Arrival and Speech at Cincinnati.-Speech at Co-
lumbus.-Speech at Pittsburg.-Arrival and Speech at Cleveland.-Arri-
val at Buffalo.-At Rochester and Syracuso.-At Albany.-Speech at
Poughkeepsie. In New York.-Reply to the Mayor of New York.-In
New Jersey.-Arrival at Philadelphia-Speech in Philadelphia.-At
Harrisburg.-Arrival and Reception at Washington..
FROM THE INAUGURATION TO THE MEETING OF CONGRESS, JULY 4, 1861.
The Inaugural Address.-Organization of the Government.-The Bombard-
ment of Fort Sumter.-Passage of Troops through Baltimore.-Interview
with the Mayor of Baltimore.--The Blockade of Rebel Ports.-The Pres-
ident and the Virginia Commissioners.-Instruction to our Ministers
abroad.-Recognition of the Rebels as Belligerents.-Rights of Neu-
THE EXTRA SESSION OF CONGRESS, AND THE MILITARY EVENTS OF THE SUMMER
First Annual Message.-Action of Congress.-Slavery and Confiscation.-The
Defeat at Bull Run.-Treatment of the Slavery Question.-General Fre-
mont and the President.-The Trent Affair....
THE REGULAR SESSION OF CONGRESS, DECEMBER, 1861.—THE MESSAGE.--
Meeting of Congress.-President's Message.-Disposition of Congress.-
Slavery in Territories and District of Columbia.-Proposed Aid to Eman-
cipation by Slave States.-The Debate in Congress.-The President and
General Hunter.-The Border State Representatives.-The Border State
Reply. The Finances.-The Confiscation Bill.-The President's Action
and Opinions.-The President's Message.-Message in Regard to Mr.
Cameron. The President and his Cabinet.-Close of the Session of Con-
gress.-The President's Letter to Mr. Greeley.-The President and the
Chicago Convention.-Proclamation of Emancipation..
THE MILITARY ADMINISTRATION OF 1862.—THE PRESIDENT AND GENERAL
General McClellan succeeds McDowell.-The President's Order for an Ad-
vance.-The Movement to the Peninsula.-Rebel Evacuation of Manas-
as.-Arrangements for the Peninsular Movement.-The President's
Letter to General McClellan.-The Rebel Strength at Yorktown.—The
Battle of Williamsburg.—McClellan's Fear of being Overwhelmed.—The
President to McClellan.-Jackson's Raid in the Shenandoah Valley.-The
President to McClellan.-Seven Pines and Fair Oaks.-McClellan's Com-
plaints of McDowell.-His Continued Delays.-Prepares for Defeat.-
Calls for more Men.-His Advice to the President.-Preparations to Con-
centrate the Army.-General Halleck to McClellan.-Appointment of
General Pope.-Imperative Orders to McClellan.-McClellan's Failure to
aid Pope.-His Excuses for Delay.-Proposes to Leave Pope Unaided.
-Excuses for Franklin's Delay.-His Excuses proved Groundless.-His
ailcgel Lack of Supplies.-Advance into Maryland -The Presider t's
Letter to McClellan.-He Protests against Delay.-McClellan Relieved
from Command.-Speech by the President.....
GENERAL CONDUCT OF THE ADMINISTRATION IN 1862.
Successes in the Southwest.-Recognized Objects of the War.-Relations of
the War to Slavery.—Our Foreign Relations.-Proposed Mediation of the
French Emperor.-Reply to the French Proposal.-Secretary Seward's
Dispatch.-The President's Letter to Fernando Wood.-Observance of
the Sabbath.. Page 32;
THE CONGRESSIONAL SESSION OF 1862-'63.—MESSAGE OF THE PRESIDENT
AND GENERAL ACTION OF THE SESSION.
The President's Message.-Are the Rebel States Aliens?-The Provision for
a Draft.—Message on the Finances and Currency.--Admission of West
Virginia.-Close of the Session... Page 344
ARBITRARY ARRESTS.-THE SUSPENSION OF THE WRIT OF HABEAS CORPUS.
Arbitrary Arrests.-First Suspension of the Habeas Corpus.-Aid and Com-
fort to the Rebels.-Executive Order about Arrests.-Appointment of a
Commissioner on Arrests.-Opposition to the Government.-The Case of
Vallandigham.-Governor Seymour on Vallandigham.-President Lin-
coln on Arrests.-President Lincoln on Military Arrests.-The Presi-
dent's Letter to Mr. Corning.-The President to the Ohio Committee:-
The President on Vallandigham's Case.-The Habeas Corpus Suspended.
-Proclamation Concerning Aliens.-The Draft -The New York Riots.-
Letter to Governor Seymour.-The Draft Resumed and Completed. Page 373
MILITARY EVENTS OF 1863.—THE REBEL defeat at gettySBURG.—-FALL
OF VICKSBURG AND PORT HUDSON.
The Battles at Fredericksburg.-Rebel Raid into Pennsylvania.-Results at
Gettysburg. Vicksburg and Port Hudson Captured.-Public Rejoicings.
-The President's Speech.-Thanksgiving for Victories.-Battle of Chat-
tanooga.—Thanksgiving Proclamation.... .... Page 407
POLITICAL MOVEMENTS IN MISSOURI.—THE STATE ELECTIONS OF 1863.
General Fremont in Missouri.-The President's Letter to General Hunter.-
Emancipation in Missouri.-Appointment of General Schofield.-The
President ard the Missouri Radicals.-The President to the Missouri
Committee.-The President and General Schofield.-The President and
the Churches.—Letter to Illinois.-The Elections of 1863...
THE CONGRESS OF 1863-'64.-MESSAGE OF THE PRESIDENT.-ACTION Or
THE SESSION.-PROGRESS IN RAISING TROOPS.
The President's Message.-The Proclamation of Amnesty.-Explanatory
Proclamation.-Debate on Slavery.-Call for Troops.-General Blair's
Resignation.-Diplomatic Correspondence.-Our Relations with England.
-France and Mexico.-The President and the Monroe Doctrine... Page 445
MOVEMENTS TOWARDS RECONSTRUCTION.
State Governments in Louisiana and Arkansas.-Difference of Views be-
tween the President and Congress.-The Rebellion and Labor.-The
President on Benevolent Associations.-Advancing Action concerning
the Negro Race.-Free State Constitutions..
MILITARY EVENTS OF THE SPRING AND SUMMER OF 1864.
Battle of the Olustee.-Kilpatrick's Raid on Richmond.-The Red River
Expedition.-The Fort Pillow Massacre.-Rebel Atrocities.-General
Grant's Advance upon Richmond.-Battles in May.-Sherman's March to
Atlanta.-Rebel Raids in Maryland and Kentucky.-Siege of Petersburg.
-Martial Law iu Kentucky.-Draft for Five hundred thousand Men.-
Capture of Mobile and Atlanta..