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"This dust was once the man,
Gentle, plain, just and resolute, under whose cautious hand,
Against the foulest crime in history known in any land or age,
Was saved the Union of these States."
— Epitaph for Lincoln by Walt Whitman

Our David's good sling is unerring,
The Slaveocrats' giant he slew;
Then shout for the Freedom-preferring—
For Lincoln and Liberty too!

We'll go for the son of Kentucky—
The hero of Hoosierdom through;
The pride of the Suckersnote  so lucky—
For Lincoln and Liberty too!
Lincoln and Liberty Too, Lincoln's campaign song in 1860

"For Lincoln and Johnson,
Hurrah boys, hurrah!
Down with the traitor, and on with the war,
As we rally round the flag boys, rally in our might,
Singing the holy cause of freemen!"
"The Battle-Cry of Freedom", adapted as Lincoln's campaign song in 1864.

"More than any other person, Lincoln transformed the Declaration of Independence from a revolutionary manifesto into a statement of ideas to guide an established government. He focused on the opening phrases of the second paragraph, particularly its assertions that all men are created equal and have unalienable rights. The signers meant, Lincoln explained, that all men were equal in having rights, and by including those words in the Declaration they charged posterity with restoring rights, as soon as circumstances allowed, to those deprived of them."
Pauline Maier

"Even the sycophants who, year after year, and day by day, stick to their Sisyphus work of morally assassinating Abraham Lincoln, and the great Republic he headed, stand now aghast at this universal outburst of popular feeling, and rival with each other to strew rhetorical flowers on his open grave. They have now at last found out that he was a man, neither to be browbeaten by adversity, nor intoxicated by success, inflexibly pressing on to his great goal, never compromising it by blind haste, slowly maturing his steps, never retracing them, carried away by no surge of popular favour, disheartened by no slackening of the popular pulse, tempering stern acts by the gleams of a kind heart, illuminating scenes dark with passion by the smile of humour, doing his titanic work as humbly and homely as Heaven-born rulers do little things with the grandiloquence of pomp and state; in one word, one of the rare men who succeed in becoming great, without ceasing to be good. Such, indeed, was the modesty of this great and good man, that the world only discovered him a hero after he had fallen a martyr."

"But you have not told us a syllable about the greatest gen­eral and greatest ruler of the world. We want to know some­thing about him. He was a hero. He spoke with a voice of thunder; he laughed like the sunrise and his deeds were strong as the rock and as sweet as the fragrance of roses. The angels appeared to his mother and predicted that the son whom she would con­ceive would become the greatest the stars had ever seen. He was so great that he even forgave the crimes of his greatest enemies and shook brotherly hands with those who had plotted against his life. His name was Lincoln and the country in which he lived is called America, which is so far away that if a youth should journey to reach it he would be an old man when he arrived. Tell us of that man"
Leo Tolstoy, giving an account of his meeting with a tribal chieftain in the Caucasus in which he exchanged stories of the outside world for their hospitality