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
[to Willie, who reminded his father to bring his gloves
Your mother would have a conniption if I ever showed up without 'em. Whoever dreamed up gloves has got something to answer for when he gets wherever he's going. They're cruelty to animals.