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Amazing full-color Civil War photos bring the era's characters to life

Abraham Lincoln, 16th President of the United States, taken by Mathew Brady in 1861 at the beginning of his first presidentia...

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1865 --- The assassination of United States President Abraham Lincoln took place on Good Friday, April 14, 1865, as the American Civil War was drawing to a close.

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Abraham Lincoln 1862 on the Battlefield of Antietam

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Today he is known as one of the greatest American presidents, but at the time of his election no one would have predicted Lincoln's success.

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Abraham Lincoln, sixteenth President of the United States, was born near Hodgenville, Kentucky on February 12, 1809. His family moved to Indiana when he was seven and he grew up on the edge of the frontier. He had very little formal education, but was an incessant reader when not working on his father’s farm.

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President Abraham Lincoln, who was shot on April 14th, 1865 by John Wilkes Booth in Ford's Theatre in Washington, D.C., just five days after the surrender of the Civil War's Confederate leader, General Lee. He died the following morning

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from About.com Education

Abraham Lincoln: Who Was the 16th President of the United States?

Abraham Lincoln: Who Was the 16th President of the United States?: Abraham Lincoln, Sixteenth President of the United States

American Civil War Photos: Execution of the Abraham Lincoln Conspiritors - Eyewitness account

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Aiding in the abolition of slavery is Harriett Beecher Stowe's, Uncle Tom's Cabin. According to legend, Abraham Lincoln greeted Harriet Beecher Stowe in 1862 by saying "So you're the little woman who wrote the book that started this great [Civil] war." Truly one of history's finest depiction of American slavery.

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Andrew Johnson (December 29, 1808 – July 31, 1875) was the 17th President of the United States (1865–1869). As Vice President of the United States in 1865, he succeeded Abraham Lincoln following his assassination. Johnson then presided over the initial and contentious Reconstruction era of the United States following the American Civil War. Johnson's reconstruction policies failed to promote the rights of the Freedmen (newly freed slaves), and he came under vigorous political attack.

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