Lincoln’s Bodyguard Ward Hill Lamon-Lamon’s story is told in the film Saving Lincoln, which details the threats against Lincoln from Lamon’s point-of-view.
Personal friend and self-appointed bodyguard of Abraham Lincoln. Lamon was famously absent the night Lincoln was assassinated at Ford’s Theatre on April 14, 1865, having been sent by Lincoln to Richmond Virginia.
Lamon was a physically imposing man, and during the presidency, often took it upon himself to guard Lincoln. In February 1861, detective Allan Pinkerton uncovered a plot to assassinate Lincoln when he arrived in Baltimore on his way to his inauguration. Pinkerton advised Lincoln that rather than ride publicly through the city between train stations as planned, he take a midnight train straight through to the capitol. Lamon was the sole friend chosen to accompany him. Lamon and Pinkerton famously clashed over the President-elect’s protection. Lamon offered Lincoln “a Revolver and a Bowie Knife” but Pinkerton protested that he “would not for the world have it said that Mr. Lincoln had to enter the national Capitol armed”.