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Lincoln on the Verge: Thirteen Days to Washington

by Ted Widmer

This is the story of Lincoln's fraught 1861 travel by rail from Springfield to the swamps of DC for his first inauguration, racing against a critical deadline and under threats of assassination. Along the way is a treasure trove of fascinating detail, city by city, town by town, against the backdrop of a country swiftly devolving into civil war. Shop All Monthly Picks.

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