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Based on his work as a youngster, Lincoln was known as the “rail-splitter” during his campaign and presidency. This is the only ax that is today verified as one he used. While visiting wounded soldiers at City Point, Virginia, late in the war, the President was encouraged by some of the men to demonstrate the skills he had acquired growing up on the frontier. Mr. Lincoln immediately grabbed this ax and began splitting logs from a nearby pile of firewood. Then he held it one-handed straight out from his side to show his strength at age 56.

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