Lincoln and the Bluegrass: Slavery and Civil War in Kentucky

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CONGRESSMAN Lincoln and his family arrived in Washington late Thursday evening, December 2, and obtained temporary lodging at Brown's Hotel.1 In a few days they moved over to the boardinghouse of Mrs. Ann G. Sprigg in Carroll Row on Capitol Hill. On Monday, December 6, the Thirtieth Congress convened with the "lone Whig" from Illinois in his seat.

By the time the House had organized, the new congressman was in correspondence with his law partner back in Springfield, closing a letter to Herndon with the jocular remark: "As you are all so anxious for me to distinguish myself, I have concluded to do so, before long."2Lincoln had never accepted the repeated declaration of President Polk that the first blood of the war with Mexico had been shed on American soil, and Clay's address at Lexington had convinced him that such was not the case. This speech had stimulated his interest in the political aspect of the war, and he lost no time in making inquiry as to the exact manner of its origin. The personal allusion in his letter to Herndon evidently referred to the now

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