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A repository of information about Abraham Lincoln. Will include facts, analysis, and trivia about.. the 16th President Of The United States.

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  • Documentary Review: Civil War: The Untold Story
    on Mar 24, 2014
    Nearly 150 years after its end in 1865, the American Civil War still holds the imagination and fascination of millions not only in our nation, but of many more around the world. Indeed, historians and political scientists point out that in many ways...
  • Book Review: "I Am Abraham" by Jerome Charyn
    on Feb 12, 2014
    In time for the 205th birthday of Abraham Lincoln comes the latest work from the prolific author, Jerome Charyn, a novel titled "I Am Abraham: A Novel of Lincoln and the Civil War." Charyn has written numerous works over his career, including short s...
  • Patriotism At The Lincoln Memorial
    on Oct 11, 2013
    (image courtesy Washington Post) The partial shutdown of the U.S. government has entered its second week as I write this blog post. Intransigent politicians within Congress, mostly Tea Party "patriots," have closed the government, forcing hundreds...
  • A New Lincoln At Gettysburg Photo Claim
    on Sep 24, 2013
    The above image (magnified) is the only undisputed photograph of Abraham Lincoln at Gettysburg, PA on November 19, 1863. Taken either during or just after his delivery of his immortal Gettysburg Address, the photo depicts a hatless Lincoln in the mid...
  • Gettysburg College "First Walk" Honors Lincoln
    on Aug 26, 2013
    I sometimes search the Internet for news items pertaining to Abraham Lincoln. While searching earlier today, I learned about a tradition at Gettysburg College (Pennsylvania) which I'd never heard of before now. Each year upon the resumption of the n...
  • Lincoln Document Found In Switzerland
    on Aug 20, 2013
    The country of Switzerland is known secretive banking, cheese, neutrality, skiing, and majestic beauty as this image of the Swiss Alps shows. Now it can be known as the site of a recent discovery of a document which contains the handwriting of Abraha...
  • Iowa State Fair Honors Abraham Lincoln
    on Aug 13, 2013
    (image courtesy Des Moines Register) The Iowa State Fair is held annually in that state's capital of Des Moines to showcase its industrial and agricultural heritage.  It began in 1854 and is one of the largest annual events in the United Stat...
  • New Project Marks Lincoln's Visit To Iowa
    on Aug 13, 2013
    Sometimes a chance discovery is all the impetus a new historical project needs to get under way.  Council Bluffs, Iowa is the setting for a new effort to commemorate Mr. Lincoln's visit to that city in 1859.   According to the Omaha Worl...
  • PBS To Premiere "Rebel" On Series Voces
    on May 21, 2013
    On Friday May 24, 2013 the PBS Latino series "Voces" (Voices) will premiere its latest installment, titled Rebel, a documentary about an almost entirely unknown figure from the American Civil War. Rebel is the remarkable story of Loreta Janeta Velasq...
  • New Lincoln Project Deserves Our Attention
    on Apr 5, 2013
    Interest in Abraham Lincoln is soaring these days thanks to Steven Spielberg's brilliant Lincoln film, the so-so Abraham Lincoln : Vampire Hunter movie, and of course the Lincoln birth bicentennial along with the 150th anniversary of the America...
  • Getting Abraham Lincoln Right
    on Mar 13, 2013
    My previous post discussed the 150th anniversary of the Territory of Idaho, when on March 4, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln signed the Congressional Act which established the territory.  Last week, the Gem State of Idaho held ceremonies at the...
  • Abraham Lincoln Recalls The Troops
    on Mar 10, 2013
    On March 10, 1863, 150 years ago today, President Abraham Lincoln issued a proclamation which ordered soldiers who were absent without leave (AWOL) back to their units.  The "Proclamation Recalling Soldiers To Their Regiments" offered a mixture...
  • Abraham Lincoln and Idaho Territory
    on Mar 4, 2013
    Today is a huge day for celebration in the state of Idaho! 150 years ago today on March 4, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln signed the Congressional Act which created the Territory of Idaho. There are celebrations going on throughout that state today...
  • Book Review: A New Birth Of Freedom: The Translator
    on Feb 28, 2013
    Two years ago this month in February 2011, I reviewed the first in a trilogy of science-fiction books featuring Abraham Lincoln and other icons from that era in history.  The trilogy titled A New Birth Of Freedom is the story of a time trav...
  • PBS "Antiques Roadshow" Discovers Abraham Lincoln Letter
    on Feb 21, 2013
    The long running Public Broadcast System (PBS) series Antiques Roadshow has "uncovered" a previously unknown letter written by Abraham Lincoln barely a month after his nomination as the Republican candidate for the 1860 U.S. Presidential Election. T...
  • Honoring Mr. Lincoln On His Birthday
    on Feb 12, 2013
    A one-room log cabin in the Kentucky wilderness was the setting 204 years ago today when a boy was born to Thomas and Nancy Hanks Lincoln.  They named their son Abraham, after Thomas' father, murdered in front of his son when Thomas was but a yo...
  • "The Abolitionists" Premieres On PBS American Experience
    on Jan 2, 2013
    The Emancipation Proclamation was signed by Abraham Lincoln 150 years ago on January 1, 1863.  He has been known as The Great Emancipator by many people ever since.  But his journey to issuing that document was a long one, complete with man...
  • Film Review: Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln"
    on Nov 18, 2012
    When I first read years ago that famed director Steven Spielberg was undertaking a project to make a movie about Abraham Lincoln, our greatest President Of The United States, I was excited as well as apprehensive.  To be sure, Mr. Spielberg has...
  • The Lincolns' 170th Wedding Anniversary
    on Nov 4, 2012
    Today marks the 170th anniversary of the wedding of Abraham Lincoln and Miss Mary Ann Todd in Springfield, Illinois. On November 4, 1842 the two were joined in matrimony at the home of Mary's sister and brother-in-law, Ninian and Elizabeth Edwards. &...
  • The U.S. Constitution Turns 225
    on Sep 30, 2012
    September 17, 2012 marked the 225th anniversary of the adoption of the United States Constitution, the document which remains the law of the land in our republic. To commemorate the anniversary of this founding document, TIME magazine has released a...
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