Abraham Lincoln leads his divided nation into the Civil War. Mary Todd Lincoln's erratic behavior in the wake of Willie's death embarrasses and endangers the president politically when a cabal of senators question her loyalty to the Union.
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The Lincolns are hosting a reception for General and Mrs. Tom Thumb, two dwarfs from P.T. Barnum's circus. One Senator dryly says to the other that maybe Lincoln should appoint General Thumb to command the Union armies. The other says, "After the disaster at Fredericksburg, it'd be an improvement." An earlier scene shows Lincoln encouraging his 11-year-old Willie to come down to the reception. Willie Lincoln died February 20, 1862. The Battle of Fredericksburg was on December 13 of that year. See more
I do not share your view of Lincoln. I do not care how many meandering stories he tells, how poor his table manners are, nor how very ugly his physiognomy. I have found him wise and careful. I believe it would be insanity for Congress to attempt any act of hostility towards him.