Early days—Davis and Lincoln.
After the Revolutionary war Samuel Davis
, who had served in it as one of the mounted men of Georgia
, settled in Kentucky
Pending the war, in 1782 (the very year that George Rogers Clarke
), Thomas Lincoln
, of Rockingham county, Virginia
, removed to the same State.
, the son of the first named settler, was born on June 3, 1808, and on February 12, 1809, was born the son of the other—Abraham Lincoln
moved to Mississippi
His son became a cadet at West Point
under appointment from President Monroe
, and soon, commissioned as a lieutenant in the United States army, appeared in the service fighting
the Indians on the frontier in the Blackhawk
war. In early manhood Abraham Lincoln
removed to Illinois
, and, now, becoming a captain of volunteers, he and Jefferson Davis
were under the same flag engaged in the same warfare.
and Oliver Cromwell
had once engaged passage for America
, and George Washington
was about to become a midshipman in the British
Had not circumstances changed these plans Hampden
might have become great names in American history.
And suppose Admiral George Washington
, under the colors of King George III., had been pursuing the Count D'Estaing
, whose French fleet hemmed Cornwallis in at Yorktown
—who knows how the story of the great Revolution might have been written?
Had Jefferson Davis
gone to Illinois
, what different histories would be around those names; and yet I fancy that the great struggle with which they were identified would have been changed only in incidents and not in its great currents.