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Topic Sets to Study Abraham Lincoln His Life and Before the Civil War


Topic 14:  The Lincolns at New Salem & His Family Life

A Lincoln at Springfield Look-See #12

Derived from the NPS website for Lincoln at Springfield

       The Eighth Circuit, in which he practiced, covered 31,073 square kilometers (12,000 square miles) and was sparsely settled with county seats far apart connected by rough roads often in disrepair. Lincoln traveled this circuit on horseback, exposed to the elements, with a volume of the Revised Statutes, copies of Blackstone's Commentaries and Chitty On Pleadings , and an extra shirt and change of underwear in his saddlebags.


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