Wood was doing what he loves best, being Abraham Lincoln for an hour or so; telling funny stories and well as historical facts about his younger years and visits to New Hampshire.
The stories that Woods told of Abraham Lincoln mainly took place in the year 1860 and were directly related to Lincoln’s visits to The Granite State.
His son, Robert Y. Lincoln, went to Phillips Exeter Academy in Exeter and traveling to NH was a way for him to visit his son and be on the campaign trail at the same time. Lincoln spoke at different locations throughout New Hampshire including in March 1860 at the town hall in Exeter, train station in Dover, Phoenix Hall on Main Street in Concord and Amoskeag Manufacturing Mills in Manchester.
His speeches, including the one at Phoenix Hall, mainly focused on how he wanted slavery to come to an end and how “all men should be free”.
In 1860, Lincoln secured the Republican Party presidential nomination and then, in 1863, became the 16th president of the United States at the age of 53. Slavery was tearing the country apart and Lincoln led through the Civil War—the country’s bloodiest war and its greatest moral, constitutional and political crisis. Lincoln’s mission was to preserve the Union, strengthened the federal government, abolished slavery and modernized the economy.
Lincoln’s most famous address was only three minutes long and took place November 19, 1863 at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania:
"Fourscore and seven years ago, our fathers brought forth upon this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. Now we are engaged in a great civil war testing whether that nation of any nation so conceived and so dedicated can long endure. We are met on a great battlefield of war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field as a final resting place for those who gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this. But in the larger sense, we cannot dedicate, we cannot consecrate, we cannot hallow this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember, what we say here but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us, the living, rather to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be dedicated to the great task remaining before us. That for the honored dead we take increased devotion to the cause for which they gave last full measure of devotion: that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain; that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom, and that this government of the people, by the people, and for the people shall not perish from the earth."
Some of the men from Auburn, NH that left their homes and their beloved families had fallen in battle and disease were:
NH 2nd Regiment & Company: John Chase, Felix Hackney, John Wood
NH 4th Regiment & Company: Henry L. Griffin
NH 7th Regiment Y Company: Thornton Hazen
NH 9th Regiment & Company: Thornton D. Miller, Moses Reed, Charles Shaw
NH 10th Regiment & Company: Joseph L. Davis, Charles H. Grant, Henry C. Moore, Frank Shannon
NH 15th Regiment & Company: Willis H. Brown, Frank Woods & Jesse Woods
NH 28th Regiment & Company: Charles W. Pingree