Instead, Lincoln was concerned about preserving the Union.
"I believed, as the founding fathers did, that slavery would end, but it would die a natural death," Elliott said while standing along Capitol Street still in character as Lincoln.
However, Lincoln knew that the nation could not continue to exist if part of the country was allowed to have slaves while the other was not. Therefore, leaders would either have to allow residents in all states to own slaves or prohibit the practice in the rebelling states as well as in the north.
"I knew a house divided against itself cannot stand," Elliott said.
Elliott stood on Capitol Street Monday afternoon just outside of Ellen's Homemade Ice Cream in full Lincoln regalia including frock coat and stovepipe hat.
He moved throughout Charleston garbed as Lincoln, Brady said. The group even took Elliott to the state Capitol where he took pictures next to the sculpture "Lincoln Walks at Midnight."
Elliott not only dresses like Lincoln, he also has some other connections with the 16th President as well.
Elliott is from Hodgenville, Ky., which is the town where Lincoln was born. Elliott also discovered that his great, great, great, great grandmother, Mary LaRue Enlow, was the midwife who delivered Lincoln.
Jones had a good time driving Lincoln around town in his 1960 Pontiac Catalina convertible. But it wasn't all fun and games and Jones was also educated about Lincoln and the days leading up to the Civil War, he said.
"He gave me a history lesson," Jones said.
Elliott pointed out that Jones did not need much of a lesson and in fact the mayor was well schooled in West Virginia history.
"He's (Jones) a very intelligent person," Elliott said. "And I know this because he's (Jones) a Republican."
The videos of Elliott appearing at various Charleston landmarks around town will be posted on the Convention and Visitors Bureau's website by early to mid May, Brady said. He is also encouraging anyone who took pictures with Lincoln over the past two days to post them on Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag "#CWV."
"We're trying to create a viral experience," Brady said.