Abraham Lincoln: Expanding & Preserving the Union (Primary by Christi E. Parker

By Christi E. Parker

Abraham Lincoln used to be president in the course of essentially the most specified instances in background. With a rustic close to warfare, his final aim used to be to maintain the Union jointly. while Lincoln freed the slaves, he angered many Southerners, together with his murderer, John Wilkes sales space.

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The men started work on a buffalo-skin canoe and a dugout canoe. Zeb spent a pleasant hour watching a colony of prairie dogs. When the canoes were finished he split the party. As planned, young Wilkinson led a small group back down the Arkansas. He thought his voyage to the Mississippi would take two to three weeks. Instead, it lasted seventy-three grueling days. Zeb pushed west. He still hoped to find the source of the Arkansas River. The men feasted on buffalo, deer, and elk. They tried in vain to rope wild horses.

On January 30, the weary group reached a fork in the river. Zeb took the western fork toward Leech Lake. The eastern fork led to Lake Itasca. Later surveys showed that Lake Itasca was the true source of the Mississippi. Zeb met fur trader Hugh McGillis at Leech Lake. McGillis was a Scotsman who worked for a British company. A glance at the well-armed Americans convinced him that Zeb meant business. S. laws. When Zeb finished, McGillis promised not to fly the British flag. ” Despite his pledge, McGillis went back to his old ways after Zeb left.

Despite this, his men held him in high regard. Unlike some officers, he shared their dangers and hardships. In 1803, the army put Zeb in charge of Fort Kaskaskia in Illinois. The fort stood beside the Mississippi River. St. Louis lay fifty miles south. Some eighty families crowded into a hodgepodge of crude houses. It was not a healthy place. Zeb almost died from a case of measles. Clara and the children suffered from fevers. It was Wilkinson who broke the dull routine. , with his dispatches. com, a division of Getty Images At age twenty-one, Zeb’s friends described him as a gentleman and a good soldier.

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