(Image courtesy of the Lincoln Home National Historic Site)
I don't think there has ever been an presidential election with so much at stake for the future of the country. It was a tough and ugly campaign and due to political and military set backs even Lincoln at times doubted that he would win a second term. For the first time, soldiers were allowed to vote in the field, and those whose states demanded that they had to return to there homes where actually granted furloughs by their commanders to return home to vote. But timely military victories and the loyalty of the Union soldiers Lincoln won a resounding victory. Now secure, Lincoln's goals for the country could be completed and the bloody Civil War was now in its last final months. But much bloodshed was still to come.