How Did The War Affect Mary Lincoln's Life

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Condemned for her loyalties and grieving the loss of her brothers and son, Mary’s life was still to be drastically affected by the war. While continuously in fear for her husband’s safety, Ruth Painter describes how Mary also found herself a convenient target to the enemy for, “to tear down the wife was to tear down the husband.” Returning home alone one day, Mary Lincoln was in a terrible carriage accident after it had been intentionally tampered with in an attempt on the president’s life. While she received a serious head injury, she was also jolted into the realization that her fears for her husband’s life were justified. On another occasion, Mary fell under the clever and manipulative spell of Henry Wikoff. This gentleman was described
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