An animated interpretation of the strange life of Boston Corbett,
the man who killed John Wilkes Booth. It was animated in charcoal, pastels and crayon on the pages of 12 paperback books. [more inside]
"But you have not told us a syllable about the greatest general and greatest ruler of the world.
We want to know something about him. He was a hero. He spoke with a voice of thunder; he laughed like the sunrise and his deeds were strong as the rock and as sweet as the fragrance of roses. The angels appeared to his mother and predicted that the son whom she would conceive would become the greatest the stars had ever seen. He was so great that he even forgave the crimes of his greatest enemies and shook brotherly hands with those who had plotted against his life. His name was Lincoln and the country in which he lived is called America, which is so far away that if a youth should journey to reach it he would be an old man when he arrived..." [more inside]
Buoying Vessels Over Shoals.
In 1849, Abraham Lincoln was awarded Patent No. 6469 (drawing
and large TIFF files of pages 1
, and 3
of the actual patent) for a device for raising stuck riverboats off sand bars. The model
he submitted with the patent application
is at the National Museum of American History; who made the model is a bit of a mystery
. Lincoln is the only United States President
to hold a patent. (Other Lincoln-related patents, including the patent for Lincoln Logs.)
[via History Now's timeline of 19th-century inventions.]
the death of lincoln.
Originally from June 1865. "The murder of President Lincoln aroused a feeling of regret deeper than was ever before known in our history. Men and papers who had opposed his policy and vilified him personally, now vied with his adherents and friends in lauding the rare wisdom and goodness which marked his conduct and character." Hmmmm... sounds familiar.
The Association Of Lincoln Presenters.
Santarchy be damned, I want to go bar-hopping with these guys
In the War Between The States,
no finer words were ever spoken than those by Abraham Lincoln on 19 November 1863 at the consecration of a cemetery
in rural Pennsylvania
for the over 50,000 who died in the three worst days of battle
in a wretched civil war.
is often included in US history books and collections of influential American speeches
as one of the strongest examples of presidential oratory ever given
. Is it any wonder, then, that it should inspire modern
Giuseppe Garibaldi, who united Italy in the 1860s, was asked by Lincoln
to lead the army during the US Civil War. Garibaldi said he would if Lincoln officially declared that the aim of the war was to end slavery. Lincoln replied that he couldn't at that time, and so Garibaldi moved on to other things
. But what if Giuseppe had gotten involved? The Papacy would clearly have denounced the North
(indeed, the pope was the only world leader to recognize the Confederacy). The French hated him; the English loved him. Had he led the Federal troops, would France have jumped in on the side of the South? Would England have then jumped in on the Union side to counter? A whole different world history, perhaps, hanging on a yes/no question.
President Lincoln narrowly avoids insanity.
Had he not changed his medication early in his presidency, Lincoln might have conducted the war very differently.
A Murder Mystery by Abraham Lincoln
"In the neighborhood of William's residence, there was, and had been for several years, a man by the name Fisher, who was somewhat above the age of fifty; had no family, and no settled home ......His habits were remarkably economical, so that in impression got about that he had accumulated a considerable amount of money."
In 1846, Lincoln, a fan of Poe, wrote about a case that he had defended in Illinois.
Lincoln a dysfunctional, racist, manic-depressive?
This is the latest proposed Hollywood revision of history. So what's been the most egregious example of movie distorting or ignoring historical fact? JFK