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Flowers left for Abraham Lincoln
It would be foolish to ignore the most famous part of Lincoln's career, his presidency, although it may be almost the only thing he is recognized by. As president he bought Alaska, he accelerated the westward movement with the Homestead Act, he came up with the idea of reconstruction, and most importantly he won the bloodiest war of American history. His sole dedication was to the union, not to prolong his career or become popular. The greatest example of his sacrifice was of a note sent to General Meade after the battle of Gettysburg encouraging Meade to risk much and go after Lee, "The order I enclose is not of record. If you succeed, you need not publish the order. If you fail, publish it. Then, if you succeed, you will have all the credit of the movement. If not, I'll take all the responsibility." Lincoln was willing to risk it all and gain nothing personally if but to win the war and bring the union together. The question becomes could there ever be a greater act of patriotism? It took a lot of effort to start a war that would end 650,000 American lives. There is a story of Abe Lincoln who put a pebble in his shoe and walked in it every day. He once was asked why he committed such an act, and he said that he was reminded of the troubles his country went through every day by that little pebble, and that every time it hurt him he would remember the good soldiers dying for him that day. This story represents the kindness of our 16th President. When Lincoln said in early speeches that the only thing he wanted to get done in his presidency was to preserve the union at all costs he didn't lie, honest men seldom do.
- Sam Laurence
 Added: Feb. 16, 2013

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