Some 50,000 people attend a rally in President Abraham Lincoln’s hometown of Springfield, Illinois, in support of Lincoln and his war policies.
President Abraham Lincoln meets with the secret Senate Republican caucus committee and shrewdly arranges for the committee members and his cabinet to explain their differences face to face.
Democrats make substantial gains in both the Federal and state elections, which reflects growing dissatisfaction with Abraham Lincoln’s war policies among northern voters.
Abraham Lincoln signs a bill into law giving away 160-acre plots to settlers who agree to tend to the land for five years.
Abraham Lincoln meets his vice president-elect for the first time as they discuss organizing the incoming administration in Chicago.
The growing political, economic, and social differences in America were epitomized by the most crucial presidential election in the young nation’s history.