An American Legend Lost Essay

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An American Legend Lost
From presidency, to a traumatic death, Abraham Lincoln lived a fascinating life. The sixteenth American president helped in the preservation of American freedoms, bringing an end to slavery. From The Emancipation Proclamation to the development of the secret service, Abraham Lincoln set an example for the future leadership of America.
As the Civil War began in April 1861, a detective named Allan Pinkerton gave assistance to Abraham Lincoln. The president requested his presence immediately to Washington, once arriving Pinkerton suggested the creation of the secret service department.1 At least half a dozen assassination attempts had been made on the president, before ...view middle of the document...

1 Before traveling to Baltimore, Lincoln had another engagement to visit Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.1 Lincoln had intentions of following through with the original plans, but due to the circumstances plans were changed. On the day Pinkerton called on the president at the hotel, Lincoln left that night.1 Traveling from Harrisburg to Philadelphia on a specialized train.1 Then, from Philadelphia, Lincoln traveled by passenger train back to Washington.1 To prevent word of the presidents early leave, Pinkerton made arrangements with the American Telegraph Company, to cut telegraph lines dispersing out of Harrisburg.1
As time moved on, another assassination attempt took place in the life of Abraham Lincoln. An unknown gunman took a shot at the president, as Lincoln rode alone to a soldiers home in Washington.1 The gunman was unsuccessful, only knocking the presidents hat off.1 This attempt occurred in August of 1864, the length of the stovepipe hat saved the president on this day.1 The president had been saved once again either by miracle or the grace of God.
On April 14, 1865, President Lincoln told Treasury Secretary Hugh McCulloh to create a permanent governing body in the Department of Treasury to put an end to counterfeiters.1 That evening the president and Mary Lincoln would spend the last moments together, enjoying a show at Ford's Theater. The officer or guard assigned to the president left his post. This allowed ample opportunity for John Wilkes Booth to slip in undetected to kill the president in cold blood. Booth put a single shot to the back of Lincoln's head and drew the trigger.1 To escape Booth jumped the railing, landed along the stage, ran to the alley and rode away.1
During the commotion, the wounded president had been carried to a house across the...

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