Although Lincoln and his fellow lawyers constantly dealt with the problems of traveling on the Eighth Circuit, there were instances that illustrated the gentle nature of Abraham Lincoln. One such instance occured when Lincoln was riding by a muddy pit and saw a pig struggling to get out. Lincoln looked at the pig and the mud and decided to ride on, not wanting to get his suit muddy. After a short time, however, he turned back, and with much effort, rescued the pig, getting his clean pair of clothes filthy in the process. Lincoln did this good deed because the pig had looked at him as if Lincoln was its last hope. Lincoln wanted to "take the pain out of his own mind."
While traveling on the Circuit, life for Lincoln was fraught with hardships and dangers. Swollen rivers and streams, choking dust, waist-deep mud, and the constant companionship of flies, mosquitoes, bedbugs, and other pests, all contributed to the overall misery often shared by the lawyers having to travel the Circuit.
|Series||This marker is part of the Illinois: Looking for Lincoln series|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Saturday, October 18th, 2014 at 6:27am PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||16S E 331746 N 4411995|
|Decimal Degrees||39.84131667, -88.96650000|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 39° 50.479', W 88° 57.99'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||39° 50' 28.74" N, 88° 57' 59.40" W|
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|Closest Postal Address||At or near 800-904 W Main St, Decatur IL 62522, US|
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