All told, well over a million Americans viewed the body of their fallen leader on this journey home" (Gienapp, 2002, p. The country reeled from his death in a strong reaction.
Lincoln was a leader at a time when he did not have masses of assistants and staffers to manage his daily affairs.
Lincoln is most famous for leading the country during the American Civil War.
His leadership in the North helped the country to remain strong and defeat the South keeping the country united.
Gettysburg Address Today, Lincoln is often remembered for a short speech he gave at Gettysburg on November 1, 1863. It was only a few minutes long, but is considered one of the great speeches in American history.
The Civil War Ends The Civil War finally ended on April 9, 1865 when General Robert E.
Millions of people lined the railways across the country when his body was transported from Washington back to Illinois.
One Lincoln biographer writes, "Thousands silently stood along the tracks as the train slowly passed, and thousands more viewed the body as it lay in state in principal cities along the way.
He called for an army from the northern states to defeat the south.
What followed was a bloody war that lasted four years and cost the lives of 600,000 Americans.