FROM LOG CABIN TO WHITE HOUSE
THIS book is not a study of Lincoln's career and character: it is merely an attempt to put the proper value on his military work. But it is necessary to glance, very briefly, at his life before he became President, just to see how his education and surroundings fitted him, or rather unfitted him, for the control of an army.
Early Days . Lincoln's grandfather was one of those who crossed the mountains in 1780 and settled with his family in Kentucky; there he was killed by Indians four years later.
Thomas, youngest of his three sons, was a typical pioneer and hunter, constantly shifting his home farther westwards. His first wife, Nancy, was the daughter of a Virginian landowner. Their first child was Sarah, who grew up to become Mrs. Grigsby.
The second child, Abraham, was born on 12th February 1809. He was only eight years old when his mother died. A year or two later Thomas married again; his second wife was the widow of a Mr. Johnston, and she brought with her to the new home a son John Johnston. She devoted herself to Sarah and Abraham, and entirely won their affection.
As Thomas Lincoln was always breaking new soil, young Abraham grew up in the school of the woods with Dame Nature as his earliest teacher -- not the soft and gentle nature of the poets, but a stern old mother of the Spartan type. Of regular education he had very little; occasionally a wandering schoolmaster came by