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By Seth Grahame-Smith

Indiana, 1818. Moonlight falls in the course of the dense woods that encompass a one-room cabin, the place a nine-year-old Abraham Lincoln kneels at his discomfort mother's bedside. She's been with whatever the old-timers name "Milk Sickness."

"My child boy..." she whispers prior to dying.

Only later will the grieving Abe study that his mother's deadly ailment was once truly the paintings of a vampire.

When the reality turns into identified to younger Lincoln, he writes in his magazine, "henceforth my lifestyles can be one among rigorous research and devotion. I shall turn into a grasp of brain and physique. And this mastery shall have yet one purpose..." proficient along with his mythical peak, energy, and talent with an ax, Abe units out on a direction of vengeance that would lead him the entire approach to the White House.

While Abraham Lincoln is generally lauded for saving a Union and liberating thousands of slaves, his valiant struggle opposed to the forces of the undead has remained within the shadows for centuries. that's, until eventually Seth Grahame-Smith stumbled upon The mystery magazine of Abraham Lincoln, and have become the 1st dwelling individual to put eyes on it in additional than a hundred and forty years.

Using the magazine as his advisor and writing within the grand biographical form of Doris Kearns Goodwin and David McCullough, Seth has reconstructed the true existence tale of our best president for the 1st time-all whereas revealing the hidden background at the back of the Civil conflict and uncovering the function vampires performed within the delivery, progress, and near-death of our country.

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Even finally those years, and the entire issues i've got witnessed. And why now not? in any case, to think in vampires is to reject cause! to recognize a darkness that isn't imagined to exist anymore. no longer right here, during this nice age, the place technological know-how has illuminated all yet a couple of mysteries. No… no, that darkness belongs within the outdated testomony; within the tragedies of Shakespeare. yet now not the following. “That, gents… because of this they thrive. That belief—that we are living past the achieve of darkness—is one who vampires have labored tirelessly to instill throughout the centuries. I undergo you that it truly is not anything lower than the best lie ever bought to mankind. ” II 3 days after the autumn of citadel Sumter, Virginia seceded from the Union, and the accomplice capital used to be relocated to its business center, Richmond. Over the following few weeks, Arkansas, Tennessee, and North Carolina undefined. there have been now 11 states within the Confederacy, with a mixed inhabitants of 9 million humans (four million of which have been slaves). in spite of this, such a lot Northerners have been confident that the struggle will be a brief one, and that the “sechers” (secessionists) will be stamped out by means of summer’s finish. that they had cause to be convinced. The North, in any case, had greater than two times the inhabitants of the South. It had railroads which can velocity troops and provisions to the battlefield in a fragment of the time; improved factories to provide boots and ammunition; warships to blockade ports and pound coastal towns. Pro-Union newspapers instructed the president to lead to a “swift finish to this unpleasantness. ” Cries of “Forward to Richmond! ” have been heard around the North. Henry Sturges agreed. In a telegram dated July fifteenth, he used a quote from Shakespeare to ship Abe a coded message*: strike Richmond now. Abraham, “In God’s identify, cheerly on, brave acquaintances, to harvest the harvest of perpetual peace, by way of this one bloody trial of sharp warfare. ”** —H Abe the recommendation. The day after receiving the letter, he ordered the biggest battling strength ever assembled on North American soil—35,000 men—to march from Washington to Richmond less than the command of Brigadier common Irvin McDowell. so much of McDowell’s squaddies got here from the 75,000 militiamen hurriedly known as up within the wake of fortress Sumter. They have been, for the main half, farmers and tradesmen. Baby-faced kids and frail previous males. a few had by no means fired a shot of their lives. McDowell complains that his males are green. “You are green,” I instructed him, “but [the Confederates] are eco-friendly additionally. you're all eco-friendly alike! We must never look forward to the enemy to come back marching into Washington. We needs to meet him the place he lives! To Richmond, by way of God! ” To get there, McDowell and his males must march twenty-five miles south into Virginia, the place common Pierre Beauregard and 20,000 Confederates have been watching for them. within the sweltering warmth of Monday, July twenty first, 1861, the 2 armies met close to town of Manassas. it'd be remembered because the First conflict of Bull Run—so named for the little creek that might quickly run pink.

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