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no little in his leisure moments. In travelling on the circuit, relates one of his associates at the bar, Lawrence Weldon, letter, Feb. 10, 1866, Ms. he was in the habit of rising earlier than his brothers of the bar. On such occasions he was wont to sit by the fire, having uncovered the coals, and muse, and ponder, and soliloquize, inspired, no doubt, by that strange psychological influence which is so poetically described by Poe in The Raven. On one of these occasions, at the town of Lincoln, sitting in the position described, he quoted aloud and at length the poem called Immortality. When he had finished he was questioned as to the authorship and where it could be found. He had forgotten the author, but said that to him it sounded as much like true poetry as anything he had ever heard. He was particularly pleased with the last two stanzas. Beyond a limited acquaintance with Shakespeare, Byron, and Burns, Mr. Lincoln, comparatively speaking, had no knowledge of literatur
ious faith. His sad, melancholy face excited their sympathy, and when the dark days came it was their heart-strings that entwined and sustained him. Sympathy, we are told, is one of the strongest and noblest incentives to human action. With the sympathy and love of the people to sustain him, Lincoln had unlimited power over them; he threw an invisible and weightless harness over them, and drove them through disaster and desperation to final victory. The trust and worship by the people of Lincoln were the result of his simple character. He held himself not aloof from the masses. He became one of them. They feared together, they struggled together, they hoped together: thus melted and moulded into one, they became one in thought, one in will, one in action. If Lincoln cautiously awaited the full development of the last fact in the great drama before he acted, when longer waiting would be a crime, he knew that the people were determinedly at his back. Thus, when a blow was struck
Frederick H. Dyer, Compendium of the War of the Rebellion: Regimental Histories, Illinois Volunteers. (search)
Occupation of Goldsboro March 24. Advance on Raleigh April 10-14. Bennett's House April 26. Surrender of Johnston and his army. March to Washington, D. C., via Richmond, Va., April 29-May 19. Grand Review May 24. Mustered out June 7 and discharged at Chicago, Ill., July 17, 1865. Regiment lost during service 2 Officers and 49 Enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 137 Enlisted men by disease. Total 188. 106th Illinois Regiment Infantry. Organized at Lincoln, Ill., and mustered in September 18, 1862. Moved to Columbus, Ky., November 7-10; thence to Jackson, Tenn. Attached to District of Jackson, Tenn., Left Wing 13th Army Corps (Old), Department of the Tennessee, to December, 1862. 4th Brigade, District of Jackson, 16th Army Corps, to March, 1863. 1st Brigade, 3rd Division, 16th Army Corps, to May, 1863. 1st Brigade, Kimball's Provisional Division, 16th Army Corps, to July, 1863. 1st Brigade, Kimball's Division, District of Easte
-Sergeant, Thirty-second 11th regiment. The following extracts show something of the feeling among the at home: Augusta, Ind. March 6. *** John, I thought you had been taken prisoner by Jeff Davis's Secesh hordes. John, you fellows are getting the Secesh tight place. Just snatch one of them bald headed for me, and I will treat you Columbus, the Manassas of the West, is in our possession now, and if you fellows work is right, you will have Memphis in all time. Lincoln, Ill., March 17. Dear Son:** I have been very busy for a while, and could not get time to answer before. Money is exceedingly scarce. Corn selling at ten cents in the ear, and twelve and a half cents for shelled per bushel. We presume, now that Donaldson is fallen, we will have a Southern market for our grain. In your next, give me your opinion of the country, manners, and customs of the people, &c; and if you think it advisable I will sell out here and come to Tennessee and take one
The "Contrabands" at the North. --The Lincoln (Illinois) Sun, of June 27th, says: A car-load of contrabands passed through Lincoln on Monday last, who were willing to work for ten cents per day and board. What chance have the poor of Illinois to make a living when placed in competition with thieving ranaway negroes, as ten cents per day?