Some people would love to see "Honest Abe" be made something similar to a RCC-style "saint" (Along with Washington, Jefferson, Jackson, T & FD Roosevelt, etc.). Now, I wouldn't go as far as some folks to say that AL should be "sainted," nor would I say that he should be assigned to something similar as the "hottest place in h**l" along side people as Hitler, Stalin, Mao, Pol Pot or Saddam H. Whether or not AL was saved I will defer judgment on that matter to the Greatest Judge of All. OTOH, it irks me to have people go on and on about AL loving all African-Americans and that he single-handedly freed absolutely every slave back in 1863. Moreover, to insist that the American Civil War was fought solely "to free the slaves" has no real foundation in historical fact. Privately, AL might have been opposed to the "institution" of slavery as it existed in back in the mid-nineteenth century US. However, there remains to be found any authentic documentation by AL stating such. Publically, AL does not appear to oppose slavery per se; he only opposed its extension into the western US territories. IOW, the South could have the slaves as long as they kept them there. Did AL free all the slaves in the US by his "Emancipation Proclamation"? Not hardly. What the EP did was only to "free" the slaves that lived in the areas "still in rebellion," i.e., the confederate states that were not already occupied by the Union forces. The old adage that AL freed only the slaves that he couldn't, but didn't free the slaves that he could (Those living in the North...and, yes there were slaves living in the Union states.) has a lot of truth to it. It was the 13th Amendment that abolished slavery, and it was ratified some 6 months after AL was killed. Additionally, Northern support for the Civil Was not as unanimous as one might be led to assume. Volunteers to fill the ranks of the Army and Navy did not by any means come close to what was needed. Therefore, AL authorized the first military draft in the US. It was nowhere near like the draft the US had during the 1960's-70's. For one thing, under AL's draft, a person could avoid it by paying someone else (usually a poor person) to take that draftee's place. Additionally, there were draft riots in such places as Buffalo and NYC. AL's position in calling for military action against the South stemmed from the SC's state militia's bombardment of US Fort Sumter in Charleston's harbor. Ironically, it'd been suggested some 10 years prior to that incident in 1861 that all US coastal forts be re-assigned to the individual states in which they were located. This proposal was made during the presidency of Franklin Pierce (D-NH) by his Secretary of War. Who was his Secretary of War? It was Jefferson Davis---the only president of the Confederate States of America.