Elektratig found the most delightful thing, and wrote about it on his blog — Georgia politician and future vice president of the Confederacy, Alexander Stephens wondering about this new guy on the hustings, Abraham Lincoln, and comparing him to Millard Fillmore, in a letter from July 1860. You gotta read it there.
You couldn’t make this stuff up. Real history is always better than fiction. There’s a delightful surprise around every bend of the river.