‘Stand Firm’: Lincoln’s Advice to a Nurse, the Union and Himself

February 10, 2017 – The Wall Street Journal

“Large crowds have gathered in the streets. The pervading spirit among the masses is resistance to Lincoln’s administration, and everywhere that determination is manifest.” In February 1862, Abraham Lincoln ’s two youngest boys, Willie and Tad, fell sick with typhoid fever, probably contracted from the polluted water of the nearby Washington Canal. Willie, 11, died Feb. 20, eight days after the president’s birthday on Feb. 12.

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