During reviews in Stafford, Lincoln would salute to officers by touching his tall silk hat when they marched by. However, when enlisted men passed by, Lincoln would remove his stove pipe hat.
Lincoln had the common touch as he moved among the troops. He communicated his empathy and concern for them. His compassion, as he visited each wounded and sick soldier in hospital tents, spread far and wide. Many, especially Union Democrats, who had denigrated or ridiculed “Old Abe” now revered him.