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Collected Postings on Lincoln from the History1800s Blog


The legacy of Abraham Lincoln is so strong that he's often a part of the current conversation. And when we look back at his life, there are always new ways of examining it. Here is a collection of blog items from the past few years related to Lincoln.

Lincoln Captured in a Cracked Negative

Gardner's 1865 portrait of Lincoln from cracked negative.
Library of Congress

Published: February 5, 2013

Excerpt: On a quiet Sunday afternoon in Washington, February 5, 1865, President Abraham Lincoln paid a visit to the photographic studio of Alexander Gardner. The two men had known each other for a few years, and Gardner had taken portraits of the president on other occasions. Read onward.

Newspaper Sunday: Lincoln's Funeral

Photo of New York's city hall during Lincoln's funeral
Library of Congress

Published: November 23, 2013

Excerpt: I've been fascinated this weekend watching the archival news footage of President Kennedy's assassination provided in a continuous stream by CBS News. Something that struck me was the close attention paid to history by Walter Cronkite and other television journalists as they broadcast the news of a president's murder and funeral. Read onward.

Lincoln's Purpose at Gettysburg

Painting of Lincoln at Gettysburg
Library of Congress

Published: November 18, 2013

Excerpt: Riding on a train to Gettysburg 150 years ago today, Abraham Lincoln was determined to make what he considered a necessary statement about the purpose of the Civil War. By late 1863 the war had already gone on for much longer than anyone could have imagined. And the cost in lives and suffering was staggering. Read onward.

National Mourning for Lincoln

Photo of New York City Hall during Lincoln's funeral
Library of Congress

Published: April 22, 2013

Excerpt: In late April 1865 the American people engaged in a remarkable expression of national mourning. The body of Abraham Lincoln was carried from Washington to Illinois on a funeral train decorated with American flags and black crepe. Read onward.

Newspaper Sunday: President Lincoln Shot

Presidential box at Ford's Theatre
Photo by Robert McNamara

Published: April 14, 2013

Excerpt: Word of the shooting of President Lincoln at Ford's Theatre on the evening of Friday, April 14, 1865, began to travel on the telegraph wires shortly after midnight. By early the next morning, as Lincoln lay dying, many Americans had already heard the shocking news. Read onward.

Newspaper Sunday: Lincoln at Cooper Union

Mathew Brady Cooper Union portrait of Lincoln.
Library of Congress

Published: February 24, 2013

Excerpt: With so much attention focused on "Lincoln" at the Oscars, let's take a look back to when the real Lincoln became a star on a very big stage.

At the end of February 1860, after spending three days taking trains from Illinois, the new political voice from the West arrived in New York City, where he had been invited to make a speech. Read onward.

Newspaper Sunday: Honoring Lincoln in Stone

Artist Vinnie Ream with Lincoln bust
Library of Congress

Published: February 10, 2013

Excerpt: After the death of Abraham Lincoln a number of sculptures of the fallen president were commissioned. Two of the most famous are the statue of Lincoln by Vinnie Ream, which stands in the rotunda of the U.S. Capitol, and the Emancipation Monument, in Lincoln Park, about ten blocks east of the Capitol building. Read onward.

Newspaper Sunday: Lincoln's Second Inaugural Address

Lincoln delivering his second inaugural address.
Library of Congress

Published: January 20, 2013

Excerpt: Second inaugural addresses generally don't stand out in history, except for the speech Abraham Lincoln delivered at his second inauguration on March 4, 1865. The text is brief, about 700 words, but it is generally considered the best inaugural address ever. Read onward.

Newspaper Sunday: The Emancipation Proclamation

Abraham Lincoln, November 1863
Library of Congress

Published: December 20, 2012

Excerpt: As New Year's Day approached 150 years ago, plenty of Americans would have been happy to see the end of 1862. The year had brought the great battles at Shiloh, Antietam, and Fredericksburg. The Civil War, which many people had expected to end quickly, was obviously going to continue for some time. Read onward.

Mary Lincoln's Mental Health

Mary Todd Lincoln
Library of Congress

Published: November 26, 2012

Excerpt: The new film "Lincoln" does not evade the issue of the perceived mental instability of Abraham Lincoln's wife. In a brilliant portrayal by actress Sally Field, the first lady's personality quirks are evident, and mentions of her mental state appear in the dialogue by screenwriter Tony Kushner. Read onward.

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