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When he learned that Fort Sumter’s food and supplies were low, Lincoln decided to send supplies but not troops. • 59 • The First to Fall The Union’s first commissioned officer killed in the Civil War was a personal friend of Lincoln, Colonel Elmer Ellsworth. , for the inauguration. , into Alexandria, Virginia. The regiment went to a particular hotel and climbed its roof to take down a Confederate flag that was visible from the White House. As the troops climbed down the building, the hotel owner shot at Ellsworth, killing him.

One section of Whigs broke off and joined a group that called itself the Know-Nothing Party. Lincoln criticized the Know-Nothings for being anti-slavery and anti-immigrant at the same time. Lincoln joined another group of anti-slavery Whigs, who partnered • 41 • Essential Lives with anti-slavery Democrats and joined a new group called the Republican Party. Lincoln was sorry to see the Whigs collapse in this way. He was skeptical about the possibility of success with the Republican Party, but he continued to help establish the group.

As the train passed through Baltimore, Maryland, threats of assassination by angry Southerners made the travelers nervous. S. Constitution details the swearing in of the ceremony. Some people called his president: “Before he enter on the actions cowardly. Lincoln must have execution of his office, he decided these people were right shall take the following oath or affirmation: ‘I do because he never again allowed threats solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully exeof assassination to affect his plans.

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