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ABRAHAM LINCOLN

(Meserve No. 35)



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Privately Printed

NEW YORK

1916



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FOREWORD.

ON May 24th, 1 861 , a month and a half
after Sumter surrendered and nearly two
months before the first battle of Bull Run, Pres
ident Lincoln s friend, Colonel Ephraim Elmer
Ellsworth was shot in Alexandria, Virginia, by
Jackson, the proprietor of the Marshall House,
after the impetuous young man had torn down
a confederate flag from the top of the building.
His body was taken to the White House and
lay in state in the East Room. He was the first
officer killed in the War of the Rebellion. The
President on the following day wrote a letter of
sympathy to the sorrowing father and mother.

Ellsworth was a New York boy. At the
age of twenty-two he was Adjutant-General of
the State of Illinois. In 1859 he studied law
in Lincoln s office in Springfield. He organized
in Chicago the military company known as
Ellsworth s Zouaves, and in 1 860 toured the
country holding competitive drills with various
military organizations. When Lincoln came to
Washington Ellsworth accompanied him, and
in April in New York he organized and, although
but twenty-four, became the Colonel of the 1 1 th



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New York Infantry, known as the Fire Zouaves,
as the regiment was recruited principally from
the Fire Department of New York City.

This beautiful tribute is perhaps the most
touching of all the letters written by Lincoln.
He was writing of a man whom he knew and
loved. The letter does not reach the lofty tone
of that to Mrs. Bixby of Boston, or the Gettys
burg address, but in the choice of fitting words
to stricken parents regarding a son and personal
friend, few letters have ever been written that
may compare with it.

By the courtesy of Mr. Judd Stewart, in
whose notable collection of Lincolniana is the
original letter, a fac-simile is shown here.

The photograph of Lincoln is printed di
rectly from a negative, believed to be the origi
nal, made by C. S. German, in Springfield,
Illinois, early in 1 86 1 , just before the President
elect went to Washington. That of Ellsworth
is printed directly from the original negative
made by M. B. Brady, probably during the time
when the Fire Zouaves were being organized.

F. H. M.

New York, February 15, 1916.



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