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Wilson, Douglas L., ed.; Davis, Rodney O., ed.; Stuart, John T. 'John T. Stuart (William H. Herndon interview)' in 'Herndon's Informants: Letters, Interviews, and Statements About Abraham Lincoln' . Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1998. [format: book], [genre: letter]. Permission: University of Illinois Press
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Says — That part of the Sangamon Volunteers in the Black Hawk war of 1832 — assembled at Springfield — went thence to Beardstown on the Ills — 45 m west of Springfield — all assembled — from thence all went to Rushville Schuyler Co — still westward — duly organized about 2 miles out of Rushville — went thence to Rock Island — called fort Armstrong. Stuart says he was in a Spy battallion — Lincoln was Captain, Stuart was under Dawson. Lincoln was in Command of his own Company — Gen — Col Henry was the Major of the Spy battallion. The time of Enlistment was 90 days: the time Expired — Lincoln re-entered — volunteered again. Stuart & Lincoln now became privates — went into Maj. Iles Company — Went from Rock Island to Dixon on the Ills River, East from Rock Island. We went from this place to the battle ground of Bad Axe [4] — thence up the Rock river near to fox River — thence between the Ills & Fox Rivers. we marched up to Ottowa — Lincoln & Stuart & Harrison came home together. Harrison lost his horse on the road — wrode and tied by turns among the boys — Each helped the one in want — so that all could walk awhile & wride awhile — Probably we were discharged before the 90 days by the State — We did no could — could do no good — re-volunteered before the 90 days had Expired: It was at this time that Lincoln and my self went in as a private — we staid out our 30 days — came home.

Stuart Says — that about the year or between the years 1848 & 50 that Lincoln & himself were returning from court, homeward bound from Tazwell — rather Pekin or Tremont Court — near the little town of Dillon this side of Tremont [5] — he S said to Lincoln that the time would soon Come in which or when we must be Democrats or Abolitionists. "When that time comes my mind is made up," The Slavery question Can't be Compromised Said Lincoln in an Emphatic tone. "So is my mind made up too" Said Stuart just as Emphatically and so we now stand — did stand. Lincoln used to Carry around in the Circuit Court tramp with him say from 1846 — to 1855. Euclid's Geometry — Shakespear: he could well repeat much of Shakespear. Lincoln was an Educated Man in 1860 though he dug it out himself. Stuart further that while Lincoln as Presdt was promising — or giving by implication — giving the South to understand thatt, the Presdt, was preparing his Proc of Emancipation (I doubt this Herndon).

S — says further — he thinks that the marriage of Lincoln to Miss Todd was a policy Match all around — Lincoln was not a social man — was sad — gloomy: he couldn't Care for any man or any man's interests — attended to no public interest — those things that interest the unpolitical public — cared nothing for colleges — Assylums, Rail Roads — churches — Hospitals — and such like things & institutions — Attended no such meetings — Had no organizing abilities — felt no special interest in any man or thing — Save & Except politics — loved
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Wilson, Douglas L., ed.; Davis, Rodney O., ed.; Stuart, John T. 'John T. Stuart (William H. Herndon interview)' in 'Herndon's Informants: Letters, Interviews, and Statements About Abraham Lincoln' . Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1998. [format: book], [genre: letter]. Permission: University of Illinois Press
Persistent link to this document: http://lincoln.lib.niu.edu/file.php?file=herndon063.html
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