Category Archives: Lincoln

“Reflections” on Lincoln by Alexander Stephens

It is well known that President Abraham Lincoln and Alexander H. Stephens, who served as Vice President of the Confederacy during the Civil War, were friends despite being on opposite sides of the war. Becoming acquainted during their service in … Continue reading

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Hal Holbrook, Former Lincoln Actor, Dies at 95

Hal Holbrook died today at the age of 95. Best known for his one-man show portraying Mark Twain, he’s familiar to many of us in the Civil War world for his portrayals of Abraham Lincoln. Holbrook played the 16th president … Continue reading

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Presidential Inaugurations: From the ECW Archives

On this historic day, we’ve rounded up some posts from the archives about Lincoln’s inaugurations and addresses:

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Weekly Whitman: An Earlier Inauguration

Walt Whitman covered the 1864 presidential inauguration of Abraham Lincoln for The New York Times. His language is poetic rather than political, and no one is sure if he could even hear the speech. The text of the speech was … Continue reading

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What We’ve Learned: Pondering Usable History

If but for a missing license plate, state police might not have caught Timothy McVeigh, or at least not soon after the crime. At 9:02 a.m. on April 19, 1995, McVeigh blew up the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in … Continue reading

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A Lincoln Christmas Card from 1924

This has been a week of addressing and signing LOTS of holiday cards. My personal list and helping out at work. Honestly, I just love it! It’s a part of keeping a good piece of the past alive and cherishing … Continue reading

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Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address and the 1864 Election

Among the many rich rhetorical legacies US presidents have left to future generations, the Gettysburg Address dwarfs them all. Lincoln took scarcely more than two minutes to deliver a worthy tribute to fallen Federal soldiers and paint an inspirational vision … Continue reading

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Lincoln Arrives In Hanover

We’ll have several posts tomorrow for the anniversary of Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, but today is the anniversary of a presidential “travel day.” The November 21, 1863 edition of the Philadelphia Inquirer ran a lengthy article about Lincoln’s visit to Gettysburg … Continue reading

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Could McClellan Have Been Someone Other Than McClellan?

Today is November 7, the anniversary of Little Mac’s final removal from command of the Army of the Potomac in 1862. I’ve been thinking about George McClellan lately, spurred by some writing I’ve been doing about him for an upcoming … Continue reading

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ECW Weekender: Abraham Lincoln Exhibits at the Smithsonian (Virtually)

I think I just discovered a rabbit hole. I am so excited to find a grand selection of online exhibitions from the Smithsonian National Museum of American History! There are a handful with a Civil War focus, and I’ll be … Continue reading

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