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UNITED STATES ARMY
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10 American can study the character and career of Abraham
Lincoln without being carried away by sentimental emotions. We are always inclined to idealize that which we love, - a state of mind very unfavorable to the exercise of sober critical judgment. It is therefore not surprising that most of those who have written or spoken on that extraordinary man, even while conscientiously endeavoring to draw a life-like portraiture of his being, and to form a just estimate of his public conduct, should have drifted into more or less indiscriminating eulogy, painting his great features in the most glowing colors, and covering with tender shadings whatever might look like a blemish.