Such a gorgeous spring day! I couldn’t resist moving outside to work on my paper (which will end up comparing Lincoln’s flawless plans for Reconstruction and Johnson’s…well execution of Reconstruction) even though I’ll have to write it out (too bright to see my computer screen out here), it’s already worth it!
On the night of April 11, 1865 Lincoln delivered his last public speech in front of a crowd at the White House. The crowd gathered spent the day celebrating what they believed to be the end of the Civil War and they likely expected that Lincoln would join them in their celebration and deliver a…
Just found this amazing story about Lincoln in John Hay’s diary while writing my paper about the life of John Nicolay. I knew I had to share it with all of you as soon as I’d read it. It’s such a fantastic visual. I have no idea how, but I’m definitely going to be including this in my paper. It’s just too good to leave out.
Currently trying to get through all three of these before Friday so I can really start working on a paper I’m writing for a class about John Nicolay. Such a rough life I have.
|Is there anything any of you would like to know about Lincoln? I used to type up posts about various aspects of his life and the people in it, but I did not have as much time last spring once math completely took over my life (and then over the summer I was incredibly busy with my internship at the Papers of Abraham Lincoln in Springfield and I lost track of this blog a bit). But now, math is completely done, and I'm approaching my last semester as an undergrad!|
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Letter from President Abraham Lincoln’s Cabinet to Vice President Andrew Johnson Regarding the Death of the President, 04/15/1865
Item from General Records of the Department of State. (09/1789 -)
This letter was written to Andrew Johnson informing him of Lincoln’s assassination.
Simply for a gem from the journal article “Nicolay and Hay: Court Historians” (Burlingame, Michael. “Nicolay and Hay: Court Historians.” Journal of the Abraham Lincoln Association, no. 1: 1-20. Accessed March 10, 2014. http://www.jstor.org/stable/20148961) (yes, I did a proper citation and everything because I’m finishing up my rough draft of my Nicolay paper and it would have killed me to leave it out).
In the article, Burlingame quotes Basler as stating that Sandburg, “absorbed it [Nicolay and Hay’s biography of Lincoln] and then began stuffing himself with everything else he could clip out of any source available, to regurgitate like the poetic pigeon he was, something which many have found to be good reading, but Edmund Wilson found ‘insufferable.’ Sandburg simply could not have begun without reading Nicolay and Hay.”
He called Sandburg a “poetic pigeon!” I am still dying over this and you better believe I’m doing my best to incorporate it into my paper. Because I am a nerd.
Also thought I should share it before the sadness that is April 14 and 15 is upon us.
I think I might just make this a personal holiday because Lincoln’s First and Second Inaugural Addresses are just so wonderful. It doesn’t hurt that they are my absolute favorite speeches of Lincoln’s and probably my favorite speeches of all time.
Also I would like to extend a huge thank you to the person who recommended that I check out John Hay’s Civil War diary. It’s going to be of tremendous use to me as I prepare to write a biography of John Nicolay for my capstone course this semester. Seriously, thank you so much for that suggestion! I was sorely lacking in primary sources and that diary of Hay’s is going to be extremely helpful.
Happy 205th Birthday to Abraham Lincoln!!!
Is anyone planning on re-watching (or even watching it for the first time) Spielberg’s “Lincoln” movie tonight? Or is that just me?
In response to allthingslincoln’s request, here is a more detailed explanation of my experiences at the Abraham Lincoln Bookshop.
I have had the opportunity to visit the Abraham Lincoln Bookshop twice. The first time I was there, James McPherson and two other historians were also there to participate in the Virtual Book Signing hosted by the bookshop. During this visit, the bookshop was packed with people who wanted to listen to these three speak (and I can’t blame them. That was the main reason I made sure I stopped by during this particular trip) and I was unable to properly peruse the shelves full of books to the extent that I would have liked. I was, however, able to get another copy of McPherson’s “Tried by War” (thanks to my uncle who bought it for me as an early birthday present) and I had him sign it for me. Considering how much I love each of the books I have read which were written by McPherson, (and all of the documentaries I have seen/own which he has appeared in) getting to meet him in person AND have him sign my book, it was the opportunity of a lifetime!
The second (and most recent) time I was able to visit this fabulous bookshop, it was completely empty except for my friend and I which made the experience even better. The owner, Daniel Weinberg, let us into the shop and asked us if there was anything in particular we were looking for. I asked him if he could show me where they store the Lincoln assassination books and he kindly guided me to the requested area of the store and quietly left us to browse after he asked us to let him know if we had any questions.
During this entire exchange, Daniel was nothing but gracious and kind to two complete strangers who, as far as he was aware, only had an interest in Lincoln’s assassination.
Sadly, we only had about twenty minutes to spend in the bookshop before the parking meter ran out. I easily could have spent hours perusing the shelves stocked with every Lincoln and Civil War book imaginable. This particular shop certainly sells more recent books but it also houses much older and out of date books as well. I already mentioned the Basler book in a previous post as an example. I did, however, neglect to mention that they also had a novel which was about Clara Harris and Major Rathbone. I had never even heard of this book before. I was completely blown away by the vast selection of books this shop has to offer and I had to restrain myself from buying all of them!
I did end up selecting a book titled “Lincoln: Speeches and Writings 1859-1865” to purchase. This was a great find for me because I searched for a copy of this for a long time.
As I was paying for the book at the register, Daniel struck up a conversation with me. He asked if I had ever been to the bookshop before, I replied that I had been there once before a couple of years ago when they hosted McPherson and the other two historians. He seemed impressed and interested in the fact that I have such a strong passion for all things Lincoln. Then Daniel encouraged me to write down my email address so I could receive updates regarding future Virtual Book Signings and I did so happily.
Overall, my experiences at the Abraham Lincoln Bookshop have been absolutely wonderful. The owner and the employees have never been anything but kind to me and gracious with their time which I have always appreciated.