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  1. Belle Montgomery

    Matilda Edwards - The woman who almost stole Abraham Lincoln’s heart

    Matilda Betham-Edwards ALTON — Though most credible historians consider the marriage of Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln a strong one, their courtship was rocky. An area woman may have had something to do with that. Matilda Edwards, who grew up in Edwardsville...
  2. Southern Volunteer

    Discussion '64 Election Meddling an Option?

    So as a disclaimer I'm not well versed at all on the intricacies of the '64 election. I pretty much stopped at where Burns left off. However I have had this discussion with one other person about Lincoln and his decision and insistence that even in the midst of a Civil War that the nation must...
  3. wbull1

    Discussion Abraham Lincoln: Seldom Told Stories

    Abraham Lincoln: Seldom Told Stories Now, finally available for 14.95 at the Amazon link below: https://tinyurl.com/y55u3doy My publisher went broke. It wasn’t my fault, really. But I have sweated and bled to get the copies assigned to me and to get it up for sale. The book includes...
  4. Belle Montgomery

    Discussion Civil War era flag returns to Ohio statehouse 154 years after flying over Lincoln's body

    COLUMBUS (WCMH) -- Wearing latex gloves, a team of people lifted the fragile material of the 150+ year old flag as they slid it from its display table to the floor atop a sheet of plastic. The 36-star flag is an artifact and in remarkably good shape for its age. This is no ordinary 9-foot by...
  5. Belle Montgomery

    Abraham Lincoln's merciful Christmas letter to his Confederate cousins sold

    It was days before Christmas 1863, and Abraham Lincoln wanted to offer an example of goodwill to the fractured nation in the midst of the Civil War. The Craig family, cousins to Lincoln's wife Mary Todd, were a slave-holding family in Arkansas who had fled their plantation as Union forces took...
  6. Belle Montgomery

    Richmond’s new Civil War museum aims to shatter conventional views of the conflict

    The American Civil War Museum, which opens May 4, tells the story of the Civil War from an array of perspectives. (Julia Rendleman/The Washington Post) RICHMOND — Sheets of rain pounded the towering glass walls of this city’s new American Civil War Museum as workers raced to finish preparations...
  7. Belle Montgomery

    Handwritten telegram announcing Abraham Lincoln’s death goes up for sale

    PHILADELPHIA — The handwritten notification of President Abraham Lincoln’s death is being offered for sale by a Philadelphia documents dealer. Nathan Raab, president of the Raab Collection, says the telegram was thought to be lost, and calls it “truly one of our great finds.” It was written...
  8. datameister

    Gettysburg Campaign - Spreadsheet of Halleck, Hooker, Meade Messages

    If anyone is interested, here is a link to a google spreadsheet that captures the message from the above during the Gettysburg Campaign. I am using it as input to apply Machine Learning methods to develop a proof-of-concept in developing insights for a historical text. I plan to apply this...
  9. John Hartwell

    Hate Mail for the President

    No sooner had the election returns come in that November of 1860, than huge piles of mail and telegrams began pouring in to Springfield, addressed to the new president-elect. There were the congratulatory missives,of course, many of them hinting (more or less delicately) at hopes of a government...
  10. JPK Huson 1863

    " The Nation Will Have To Mourn... Lincoln ", A Prophetic Lament March 22, 1865

    Saying goodbye. Stripped of joyous, garishly displayed decorations of the Grand Illumination celebration dedicated to war's end a few days before these homes and business in our nation's capitol wore mourning and mourners April 19th, 1865. He'd been gone from us four days. Someone told us this...
  11. JPK Huson 1863

    Fire At The White House Stables, Patterson McGee's Revenge 1864

    In February 1864 a disgruntled employee, Patterson McGee set fire to the White House stables. He'd been head coachman, discharged the day before from his job and was seen back on the grounds hours before the fire killed Tad Lincoln's ponies, Hay's matched pair and the Lincoln family carriage...
  12. JPK Huson 1863

    November 19th, 1863 Gettysburg, A Procession Through Time And A Question

    Gettysburg, November 19th 1863. The procession to the new Soldier's National Cemetery was captured by Brady, this is asnip from the famous ' troops marching into Gettysburg ' photo gives endless scope for examination. It's not troops marching in, it's part of the procession- but which part...
  13. Jimklag

    On This Date In History - Lincoln's Midnight Ride To Washington, DC

    An article from Smithsonian Magazine about the pre-inaugural plot to kill Lincoln. https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/the-unsuccessful-plot-to-kill-abraham-lincoln-2013956/?fbclid=IwAR24smSsVE20_FSTm-5tUAbITOh5McyZChzv7V7DaPMln9xq1x4xc0qZ_Vw Who can shed more light on this affair. Ward...
  14. Belle Montgomery

    Downstate auctioneer sues to recover unique deathbed photo of Abe Lincoln

    It’s the case of the missing Lincoln death photo. The strange case involves a Downstate auctioneer, his ex-wife, a dentist, a distant relative of Lincoln — and even former Illinois Gov. James “Big Jim” Thompson. Larry Davis of Quincy filed a lawsuit Friday to recover what he says is a unique...
  15. lelliott19

    Cannoneer of the 4th US Artillery meets President Lincoln: "A Very Long Record for Such a Short Boy"

    "Of course there was nothing remarkable in this interview, but it was one of the chief events of my life...." Recalling his experiences in Battery B, 4th US Artillery, the author recalls traveling with a squad of 40 detached artillerymen to transport captured Confederate cannon from the Battle...
  16. Belle Montgomery

    Albert Chandler had inside view of Lincoln’s war

    Albert Chandler is remembered, when he is remembered at all, as being a prosperous telegraph executive who amassed a sizable fortune and in a fit of largesse donated a music hall to his hometown of Randolph. But to historians Chandler is appreciated for a job he held early in his career. In June...
  17. Eleanor Rose

    Lincoln the Letter Writer

    A letter President Lincoln sent days before Christmas in 1863 reportedly sold at auction last week for $60,000. President Lincoln was asking the U.S. military to allow his wife's cousins to return peacefully to their plantation. He wrote the letter on December 21 to ensure the Craig family's...
  18. wbull1

    Lincoln's View of the participation of blacks after the Civil War

    President Lincoln’s thinking about participation of blacks in American society was revealed in a letter he wrote General James A. Wadsworth, an abolitionist Republican from New York, in early January 1864: You desire to know, in the event of our complete success in the field, the same being...
  19. Eleanor Rose

    How Did Robert E. Lee Spend Christmas in 1861?

    I always enjoy living history events, especially those offered around the holidays. In searching out offerings for this holiday season, I came across an article that offered some insight into what General Lee, as well as some others, was doing on Christmas Day in 1861. I thought you might...
  20. JPK Huson 1863

    "...Gave Their Lives That The Nation May Live ", Lincoln's Thank You, November 19th, 1863

    Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper sent their artist/journalist Max Joseph Becker to Gettysburg, November 1863. His panorama, with Elizabeth Thorn's little home once again keeping watch over History captures the day thousands flocked to remember our war dead. Then Lincoln cemented our thanks...
  21. JPK Huson 1863

    Another Lincoln Sighting! Deja Vu All Over Again....

    Celebrity sightings are a ' thing ', rare enough in a day when famous folks take huge steps ( understandably ) not to be mobbed by fans. Rarer at age 209- unless you're Abraham Lincoln. He's everywhere. :angel: Ok, so Lincoln may be two hundred and nine, ten months and twelve days old today...
  22. wbull1

    What if there had not been Debates?

    In the Senate race against Stephen A. Douglas in 1858, Douglas had more money, a more experienced party structure, more name recognition and a lot more experience as a candidate. Early in the race, Lincoln had so little name recognition that he followed Douglas around speaking to smaller crowds...
  23. JPK Huson 1863

    ' Tis The Season! Lincoln's Top Hatted Ghost Makes His Rounds

    'Tis the season. If a good ghost story floats your bones, The Civil War spawned a plethora of hauntings. One of our most famous players in the conflict seems equally famous, undead. It's hard to keep a good man down. Our most famous ghost ( with his own Wiki page ), whose death dates from...
  24. Belle Montgomery

    Mary Todd Lincoln's "Old Clothes Scandal" in 1867

    The Pittsburgh Daily Commercial October 7, 1867
  25. Belle Montgomery

    President Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation and the Irish Brigade

    On this day, September 22, 1862, President Abraham Lincoln had a preliminary version of his Emancipation Proclamation delivered to the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. This was five days after the bloodiest battle in U.S. history, "Antietam" in Maryland. The casualties numbered 4,710...
  26. JPK Huson 1863

    " He Is But 16 Years Of Age ", Mother's Mail To Lincoln

    Letters addressed to President Lincoln came here, to the big, brooding house owned by all of us. Mothers sent their last hope to this address, stuffed in envelopes, now archived in time. There's a thread on a shattered, exhausted woman who showed up at the nurse's rest home, Washington, D.C...
  27. wbull1

    Lincoln Quote?

    When discussing the causes of the Civil War, I am often told Lincoln's goal was to collect taxes and tariffs from the South. This is often accompanied by the claim, Lincoln said so. However, although I have asked for a reference for - Lincoln said so - nobody so far has been able to produce a...
  28. wbull1

    Comparing Lincoln's view of blacks with other people's views

    I am trying to compare Lincoln's views of blacks as he expressed during the Lincoln-Douglas debates with the views of other whites during the same period of time to get a context for his remarks. I have not found any statements by whites about blacks that are more positive than Lincoln's. Does...
  29. wbull1

    Thoughts about Abraham Lincoln

    It occurs to me that one thing I admire greatly about President Lincoln might make him especially distasteful or even frightening to people of his era in the south and those who revere pre-Civil War southern culture. The social strata of that time and place was as close to a caste system as...
  30. LoyaltyOfDogs

    Old story of Lincoln rescuing dogs is "news" to me

    We’ve read several stories of Lincoln savings animals from harm, both in his youth and during his years riding the legal circuit in Illinois. This brief tale is a new one to me. It not only shows Lincoln saving some dogs in distress but also relates that he imparted an important lesson to his...
  31. Belle Montgomery

    Bank Check Lincoln Wrote to "Self" Day Before Asssasination is Discovered in Ohio

    I just found this and although it's 6 years old I had to share it!: 2012- The Plain Dealer in Cleveland reports that 70 checks were found in a vault at Huntington Bank's Columbus headquarters, including checks signed by George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Mark Twain, Charles Dickens and...
  32. JPK Huson 1863

    History's Marked Man, Countdown To Tragedy At Ford's Theatre

    Evening Star, inserted April 14th, 1865, a few lines spared from the massive coverage swirling between joy and an old, old war's finale. From June, 1861, the Capitol view- marked are Trinity Church, Department of the Interior and City Hall, among others. Somewhere, Ford's new theater waits...
  33. JPK Huson 1863

    " A Woman Rarely Gifted ", Anna Ella Carroll, Er, General Carroll?

    Anna Ella was from Maryland's ' long line ' of Carrolls, Kings, Stevensons and well, aristocrats. Slave holders, her evolution to anti seccession, anti slavery is fascinating. With brilliant insight, the skills and connections to be heard, Anna Ella became an integral part of the war's...
  34. JPK Huson 1863

    Lincoln's Beard, Board Games And Myriopticon, Never A Dull War

    What does this " The Checkered Game Of Life " have to do with Lincoln, his beard or the Civil War? Not as much as popularly supposed. Milton Bradley, inventor, made up for it in a big hurry. So there a few myths, floating around on the internet in connection to Milton Bradley. One, that '...
  35. USS ALASKA

    'Lincoln as a Naval War Leader' Craig Symonds, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, USNA

    In 1976, the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland appointed Symonds assistant professor of history to succeed Professor E. B. Potter as a specialist in Naval history. He was subsequently promoted to associate professor in 1980 and professor of history in 1985. He served as chairman...
  36. JPK Huson 1863

    " Dear Mother, " On Friday Next, They Are Going To Shoot Me ", A Day From C Street's Nurses' Home

    Recognizable is a more famous photograph, with soldier cottages straggling off to the left, this 3 story home was our Sanitary Commission," The Home ". To who? Anyone she could gather to her ample bosom, and heart. Washington, DC was home to an awful lot through those crazy years. The...
  37. Wellwords

    Where are the Harpers Weeklys? (Especially for the 1860s...)

    I know Harpers Weekly was a very widely read, popular paper before and during the Civil War (and for a long time after). But I've only found a few pages of Harpers Weekly here and there, in the Library of Congress and other places. It seems like it's such an incredible resource, there ought to...
  38. SWMODave

    We would as soon have thought of cheering the Sermon on the Mount

    Courtesy Wikipedia I could not pull excerpts from this story, and for that I apologize. Found in a 1908 magazine called Oratory of the South, it is a first hand account of the infamous Gettysburg Address, and deserved to be offered in its entirety. Lincoln At Gettysburg by John Van Lear...
  39. Wellwords

    Before the Battle at Chancellorsville

    I'm trying to find out what happened in the Union Army of the Potomac in the month leading up to the battle at Chancellorsville. My great, great, great grandpa's last letter home was written on March 31, 1863. And then he died at Chancellorsville on May 3rd. The guy was an obsessive letter...


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