An Unexpected Presidency
by Steve Payne
says: what if Abraham Lincoln was a Confederate traitor, the Union's
antihero of the USCW? Please note that the opinions expressed in this post
do not necessarily reflect the views of the author(s).
On February 12th 1809,
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Abraham Lincoln was born in a log cabin in Hodgkins Creek, Hardin County
less than eight months after, and one hundred miles distance from, the
more salubrious birthplace of his fellow Kentuckian Jefferson Davis.
Despite these proximities, the distances in circumstance were huge, and
Lincoln would depend upon the sponsorship of the Davis family for his
entire adult life.
Due to their lack of prospects, and opposition to the practice of slavery,
his father Thomas Lincoln decided to head north, to move the family across
the Ohio river into Indiana. Their fortunes would be lost to history, but
before they left, he sought out a wealthy family that was looking to
settle in the south. One that would adopt a son who was so poor that he
"only had friends".
In a contradiction of that era that is hard to understand in the modern
age, Lincoln was effectively sold as a white slave to the Davis family,
who then moved to a plantation in northern Mississippi. But in a triumph
of expedience over principle that would foreshadow his whole career, the
move worked out pretty well for him. Lincoln established himself as a Rail
Road Lawyer before becoming involved in Whig politics. Meanwhile Jeff
Davis served in the Mexican War as Colonel in the Missississippi Rifles
before rising to the position of US Secretary of State for War.
Fate intervened on the eve of the civil war when Davis was
Washington attempting to purchase one thousand rifles from the arms
manufacturer Eli Whitney. A natural (if reluctant) candidate for
Confederate President, the Constitutional Convention in Montgomery Alabama
accepted the absent Davis recommendation that Lincoln was a more suitable
leader due to his enhanced political skills. Instead, after his release,
Davis would fill the office of Confederate Secretary of War, a position
that ultimately he was far better suited to.
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