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Abraham Lincoln was the only president exposed to enemy fire while in office. He visited Fort Stevens on the northern outskirts of Washington while Confederate forces under Gen. Jubal Early were making the Civil War's only direct raid on the Union capital in July 1864. At six feet, four inches, Lincoln made an easy target on July 11 as he mounted a parapet to see the action. The president is said to have obeyed when a young captain, allegedly future Supreme Court justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., shouted: "Get down, you damned fool, before you get shot!"  more...

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