"President Lincoln on Battle-field of Antietam," October 3, 1862

The Fiery Trial Through Which We Pass

In 1860, Abraham Lincoln’s views on slavery gained him the presidency but his victory shattered the Union as several southern states seceded before he took office. Lincoln originally pursued war to force them back, not abolish slavery, but the “fiery trial” of war challenged and ultimately transformed his long-held views. In this section, discover how the Civil War forever changed Lincoln and America.

Discover how the Civil War transformed Lincoln and America.