in 1834 and continuing on down to the days of Yates
's departure for Washington
to enter on his duties as a member of Congress, the Mexican
war had begun.
The volunteers had gone forward, and at the head of the regiments from Illinois
some of the bravest men and the best legal talent in Springfield
, and even the dramatic Shields
The issues of the war and the manner of its prosecution were in every man's mouth.
Naturally, therefore, a Congressman-elect would be expected to publish his views and define his position early in the day. Although, in common with the Whig party, opposing the declaration of war, Lincoln
, now that hostilities had commenced, urges a vigorous prosecution.
He admonished us all to permit our Government to suffer no dishonor, and to stand by the flag till peace came and came honorably to us. He declared these sentiments in a speech at a public meeting in Springfield
, May 29, 1847.
In the following December he took his seat in Congress.
He was the only Whig from Illinois
His colleagues in the Illinois
delegation were John A. McClernand
, 0. B. Ficklin
, William A. Richardson
, Thomas J. Turner
, Robert Smith
, and John Wentworth
In the Senate Douglas
had made his appearance for the first time.
The Little Giant is always in sight!
Robert C. Winthrop
, of Massachusetts
, was chosen Speaker.
John Quincy Adams
, Horace Mann
, Caleb Smith
, Alexander H. Stephens
, Robert Toombs
, Howell Cobb