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1. The Captain Whitman is referring to in this poem is Abraham Lincoln, the president of the
United States, who was felled by an assassins bullet. Can you add other historical facts
about Lincoln and the era in which he lived?

Historical facts about Abraham Lincoln: Abraham Lincoln is the only president in American history to hold a
patent. William Herndon spent part of 1848 watching bemusedly as his law partner, Abraham Lincoln, sat at his
office desk intently whittling a strange-looking wooden ship. Looking up from time to time, Lincoln would excitedly
explain how his invention would bring about a revolution in the burgeoning steamboat industry. Lincolns design,
which became U.S. Patent No. 6469, details the invention of an inflatable bellows system meant to improve the
navigation of boats in shallow waters. In effect, four balloons would be collapsed, accordion-like, and attached to
both sides of a riverboat on either end. If the boat found its way obstructed by a sandbar, the balloons would be
filled with air in order to raise the hull higher than the bar, allowing passage without having to unload the cargo
and carry the boat manually. This issue was particularly important to the inventor, who had spent part of his youth
on the treacherous Sangamon River and had twice run aground on high shoals. Lincolns patent was never
implemented and was in fact lost for many years after a fire in the patent office. Throughout his life Lincoln
expressed a strong philosophical love for the patent system. Lincolns model and his drawings are now on display
in the Smithsonian.

Lincoln lost five separate elections before being elected president. For Lincoln, electoral successes had to be taken
hand-in-hand with failures. Since losing his first race for the Illinois General Assembly in 1832 he had gone on to
lose a race for the U.S. Congress, two races for the U.S. Senate, and one campaign for a vice-presidential nomination.
His ambition was unchecked, however, and by 1858 he was a national player in the new Republican Party and
perhaps its most prominent intellectual voice. He won the 1860 Republican presidential nomination after a tough
battle at the national convention, defeating notable opponents William H. Seward, Edward Bates, and Salmon P.
Chase, before wading into the four-way general election against Democrat Stephen Douglas, Southern Democrat
John Breckinridge, and Constitutional Unionist John Bell. Lincoln and Douglas, rivals from the Lincoln-Douglas
senatorial debates of 1858, squared off in the north while Breckinridge and Bell divided the southern states
between them. In the end the demographic dominance of the Republican Party gave Lincoln a victory, even though
he lost every single southern state by a large margin. By the time he was inaugurated on March 4, 1861, seven
southern states had seceded

Lincoln risked his life while fulfilling his duties as commander-in-chief of the American military. At the Battle of
Fort Stevens in 1864 Lincoln actually came under Confederate fire, making him the second and last sitting
president to be in such a position, the first being James Madison at the Battle of Bladensburg in 1814. At 64
Lincoln stood a foot taller than Madison, greatly increasing his peril. This episode was not an exception to Lincoln's
involved role in the war. As commander-in-chief, Lincoln exercised the highest authority over the American
military. Applying his old talent for self-education, Lincoln began to voraciously study the principles that composed
contemporary military thought. He made the decision to resupply Fort Sumter, which prompted the Confederate
barrage igniting the Civil War, and continued to take an active hand in formulating the grand strategy of the war.
Lincoln appointed every top general in the Union army, including Ulysses S. Grant. Aides would often find him in
the telegraph office poring over dispatches from the fieldsome days he would visit the office four or more times.
In addition to making frequent appearances in camps and at parades, Lincoln even personally tested such new
pieces of military technology as the coffee-mill machine gun and the Spencer repeating rifle.
2. Is there anyone in our countrys history (past or present) whose untimely death you would lament?
Why do you grieve his or her early death?

Yes, there is, and that person is Mr. Sec. Jesse Robredo. He was a great man and a great father to
his daughter. He had a simple life style. He lived just like an ordinary citizen. He played a great
role in helping our nation and his hometown, Naga City, Camarines Sur. He is trust worthy and
he is very passionate about his job. He loved his hometown with every bit of his being and the
citizen of Naga City loved him just as much as he loved them. He died serving our country. And
according to the person who survived the plane crash that caused the death of Mr. Robredo, He
faced death bravely and without any hint of fear. He is truly a great man and a very big loss to
our country.


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