Abraham Lincoln in the News
The National Museum of Funeral History in North Houston is producing an exhibit on the assassination and funeral proceedings of President Abraham Lincoln in April 2015.
Of course, Ford’s Theater and the Petersen Homein Washington DC remain the definitive places to learn about Lincoln’s assassination and death.
Nathan Rabb wrote in Forbes about the problems authenticating a letter by Abraham Lincoln.
John Kelly wrote in the Washington Post about President Lincoln’s visits to the Naval Observatory, then located at Foggy Bottom. In Lincoln’s Sanctuary, historian Matthew Pinsker wrote: “On Saturday, August 22, for example, he went with [John] Hay and a woman named Mrs. Long to the Naval Observatory at 23rd and E Streets, examining the moon and Arcturus, the fourth brightest star in the sky. John Mangan, one of the president’s regular drivers, was recovering from an injury and his brother Laurence filled in for him that night. Mangan, an immigrant from Ireland, alter recalled that the president asked for the carriage after supper, announcing that he ‘wanted to go out and look at the stars through that big new telescope they had installed at the naval observatory.’”
As the sesquicentennial of Abraham Lincoln’s reelection approaches, Fred Martin, Jr. has released Abraham Lincoln’s Path to Reelection in 1864: Our Greatest Victory.
The Lyman & Merrie Wood Museum of Springfield History in Massachusetts has opened an exhibit on “John Brown, Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War.” In February 1860, Abraham Lincoln said of Brown in a speech at Cooper Union in New York City: “John Brown was no Republican; and you have failed to implicate a single Republican in his Harper’s Ferry enterprise. If any member of our party is guilty in that matter, you know it or you do not know it. If you do know it, you are inexcusable for not designating the man and proving the fact. If you do not know it, you are inexcusable for asserting it, and especially for persisting in the assertion after you have tried and failed to make the proof. You need not be told that persisting in a charge which one does not know to be true, is simply malicious slander.”http://www.springfieldmuseums.org/the_museums/springfield_history/exhibits/view/190-john_brown_abraham_lincoln_and_the_civil_war.
“Here are 8 basic questions we ask ourselves in order to authenticate a document signed by Abraham Lincoln. There might be others depending on the case, but this is a start. If any one of them arouses suspicion, it will likely not pass the test….
Lincoln the Engineer
“As a wartime president, Abraham Lincoln quickly found himself in a unique position to oversee and approve some of the latest developments for the U.S. military. Lincoln welcomed inventors to the White House, personally tested some of the new rifles being developed, and presided over a technological boom that flooded the U.S. Patent Office with thousands of new inventions.”
Lincoln the Stargazer
“Lincoln himself saw the metaphorical opportunities in the cosmos. When he was asked during the Civil War if his faith in the Union was misplaced, he replied with his memory of a Presbyterian deacon he boarded with in 1833. One night, the deacon had knocked on the door, certain Judgment Day was at hand: The sky seemed to be falling.”
Teddy Roosevelt Sees Lincoln Funeral
“For Theodore Roosevelt’s family, Lincoln’s cortege was no abstract public ceremony. During the Civil War, Mary and Abraham Lincoln had befriended and gone to church with T.R.’s father.”
Lincoln’s Letter to Queen Victoria
“A trove of documents about the life, loves and losses of Britain’s royals –- including a letter of condolence from Abraham Lincoln to Queen Victoria –- go on display for the first time Saturday.”
Visiting Lincoln’s Parents
Abraham Lincoln’s legacy is found not just in Springfield but throughout central Illinois, where he practiced law and traveled to many locations, including Coles County. While he was in Coles County, Lincoln was able to occasionally stop by and visit his father, Thomas, and his stepmother, Sarah Bush Lincoln, on their farmstead, which was known as the Goosenest Prairie.