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Message From Abraham Lincoln Nominating Ulysses S. Grant To Be Lieutenant General Of The Army February 29, 1864

RG 46, Records of the United States Senate, National Archives

Grant’s nomination was confirmed by the Senate on March 2, 1864. Only two men, George Washington and Winfield Scott, had held the rank of Lieutenant General before Grant, and Scott’s was a brevet (honorary) appointment.

6 days ago on 09/08/14 at 08:02pm

Random Lincoln Facts

  • Returning from New Orleans in 1828 by boat, Lincoln and a companion were attacked in their sleep by seven men, “with intent to kill and rob them.” As Lincoln emerged from a hatchway, an attacker “struck him a blow with a heavy stick … making a scar which he wore always”
  • Stephen Douglas called Lincoln “two-faced.” Lincoln responded: “I leave it to my audience. If I had another face, do you think I would wear this one?”
  • Lincoln had a high-pitched voice that could be heard over great distances. When excited, the pitch went higher still, and sometimes became unpleasant. Still, his voice was an asset because it could be heard by all the crowds that gathered outdoors to hear him speak. (Microphones did not yet exist.) For example, at least 15,000 people heard him give the Gettysburg Address and “acres of people” heard his first inaugural address
  • A dentist broke off part of Lincoln’s jaw bone while pulling a tooth — without anesthesia. The extraction may have taken place in Louisville, KY in Sept. 1841
  • Lincoln was several times the victim of domestic violence at the hands of his wife, Mary. (a) About 1860: Mary struck him “on [the] head with a piece of wood while reading paper in South Parlor — cut his nose — lawyers saw his face in Court next day but asked no questions” (b) Before 1861: Angry at his choice in meat for a guest, Mary “abused L. outrageously and finally was so mad she struck him in the face. Rubbing the blood off his face Lincoln and [the guest] left” (c) there are also records of Mary throwing coffee at him, throwing potatoes at him, chasing him down the street with a knife (once) or a broomstick (frequently), pulling out part of his beard, and of a strike to his face in his last weeks alive.

Sotos, John G. The Physical Lincoln Sourcebook. Mt. Vernon, VA: Mt. Vernon Book Systems, 2008

Boller, Paul F. Jr. Presidential Anecdotes. New York: Oxford University Press, 1981

Mary Todd Lincoln

Mary Ann Todd Lincoln, the wife of the president was only 5′-2″ tall. With the President being 6 feet 3.75 inches tall, usually reported as an exact 6’4.. the difference between the two was a considerable 14 inches. That stovepipe hat just made him a whole lot taller.

Photo National Archives

3 weeks ago on 08/23/14 at 09:45pm

Henry O. Nightingale- Eyewitness To History-

The Assassination Of Abraham Lincoln

His 1865 diary describes one of the most infamous events in American history. On April 14, Nightingale attended a performance at Ford’s Theatre. There, he witnessed the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln by John Wilkes Booth. Nightingale recounted the horrific scene, writing:


A beautiful April day. Remained all day in the Hospital. In the evening, attended Ford’s Theatre and in the last act a most astounding crime was committed the President; Mr. Lincoln, shot through the head, the assassin then leaped out of the box on the stage and drew a large dagger and exclaimed “I have done it. Virginia is avenged. Sic semper tyrannis” and made his escape. the President was conveyed to a neighboring house in dying condition. a fearful night is this. Other [monstrous] crimes the Secretary of State his sons and [illegible] servants staffed found [illegible] God pit the rebellion now for men, will how no mercy death to every Confederate my Rebel sympathies, intense excitement all over the City. is under Martial Law.
Henry O. Nightingale (1844-1919) was an abolitionist from Rochester, New York who at 18 years of age enlisted in the Northern army at the start of the Civil War. Nightingale fought in numerous battles, including the Battle of Gettysburg.

    Read Nightingale’s account of Lincoln’s assassination


He had a distinctly Southern taste when it came to liquor

It has been said that it was the drink of choice for American general and later 18th President of the United States, Ulysses S. Grant

An apocryphal story about Grant’s drinking has the general’s critics going to President Abraham Lincoln, charging the military man with being a drunk. Lincoln is supposed to have replied, “By the way, gentlemen, can either of you tell me where General Grant procures his whiskey ? Because, if I can find out, I will send every general in the field a barrel of it!-

{no source} but a great quote… reprinted in other newspapers such as the Daily Constitutional Union of Washington D.C.  and the Cleveland Plain Dealer of Cleveland, Ohio.

This popular story has been disseminated in numerous books and periodicals from 1863 to the present day. But testimony regarding its originality and veracity is complex and contradictory. Some individuals have claimed that they heard the joke directly from Lincoln, and other individuals have stated that Lincoln denied telling the joke. In addition, critics have questioned the novelty of the jest.

On October 30, 1863 a compact version of the story was printed in the New York Times: 

When some one charged Gen. Grant, in the President’s hearing, with drinking too much liquor, Mr. Lincoln, recalling Gen. Grant’s successes, said that if he could find out what brand of whisky Grant drank, he would send a barrel of it to all the other commanders.

The label’s founder, Kentuckian via Scotland Dr. James Crow is credited with perfecting the sour mash method of whiskey making in the mid 19th century, and thus became one of the first makers of true Kentucky bourbon.

1 month ago on 07/24/14 at 04:04pm

Ulysses S. Grant Carte de Visite

Lincoln’s Assassination-Grant stood alone and wept openly

On April 14, five days after Grant’s victory at Appomattox, Lincoln was fatally shot by John Wilkes Booth and died the next morning. The assassination was part of a conspiracy that targeted a number of government leaders.Grant attended a cabinet meeting that day, and Lincoln had invited Grant and his wife to the theater, but they declined as they had plans to travel to Philadelphia. Many, including Grant himself, thought that Grant had been a target in the plot. Secretary of War Stanton, through Charles Dana, notified Grant of the President’s death and summoned him to Washington.

The following day, Grant hastily ordered the arrest of paroled Confederate officers. Major General Edward Ord, however, was able to narrow the existing threats in Washington by army intelligence and persuaded Grant to reverse his arrest orders. Attending Lincoln’s funeral on April 19, Grant stood alone and wept openly. He said of Lincoln, “He was incontestably the greatest man I have ever know.”

Photo: Grant stands in uniform looking slightly to his right with his left hand resting on the back of a chair. Wenderoth & Taylor backstamp on the verso.

John Thomson Ford 1829 – 1894,  Ford’s Theatre In Lincoln’s time Washington, DC

Notable For Operating Fords Theatre At The Time Of The Abraham Lincoln Assassination

John Ford was rounded up after the assassination and, although he knew nothing of Booth’s conspiracy, was imprisoned for thirty-nine days as a suspect. His theatre was seized by Secretary of War Stanton, gutted, and turned into offices, as well.

It would not be restored until almost a hundred years later.

Ford was the manager of this highly successful theatre at the time of the assassination of Lincoln. He was a good friend of Lincoln’s assassin John Wilkes Booth, a famous actor. Ford drew further suspicion upon himself by being in Richmond, Virginia, at the time of the assassination on 14 April 1865. Up until April 2, 1865, Richmond had been the capital of the just defeated Confederate States of America and a center of anti-Lincoln conspiracies.

An order was issued for Ford’s arrest and, on April 18, Ford was arrested at his Baltimore home which he had reached in the interim. His brothers James and Harry Clay Ford were thrown into prison along with him. John Ford complained of the effect his incarceration would have on his business and family, and offered to help with the investigation, but Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton made no reply to his two letters. After thirty-nine days, the brothers were finally fully exonerated and set free since there was no evidence of their complicity in the crime.

The theater was seized by the government and Ford was paid $100,000 for it by  Congress. Due to the treatment accorded to him following the assassination, Ford remained bitter toward the United States Government for decades.

The Internet Is Full Of Pretty Convincing Fake Photos

Take time to check out if they are the real deal before you post, this one is all over the place, its from a book titled Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith 2010.

Lincoln loved Poe’s works of poetry and fiction, but the two never met in real life.

The Raven
by Edgar Allan Poe

Though Abraham Lincoln and Edgar Allan Poe never formally interacted, John T. Stuart reports that the president “carried Poe around on the Circuit—read and loved ‘The Raven’—repeated it over & over.”

Published in 1845, “The Raven” was popular enough to inspire a number of parodies—including one by Lincoln’s fellow attorney, Andrew Johnston “in which an experience with a polecat replaced Poe’s conversation with his feathered midnight visitor.” According to biographer Benjamin Thomas, Lincoln read the parody first, then later “sought out Poe’s original poem, which had been written the previous year.”

Abraham Lincoln: A Biography, by Benjamin P. Thomas, (SIU Press, 2008)

Herndon’s Informants, eds. Douglas L. Wilson and Rodney O. Davis, (University of Illinois Press, 1998)

The 1862 Dakota War, It Was The Largest Indian War In American History - Mass Hangings, Death and Injustice

This is the only picture known to exist that was actually taken during the war

The 1862 Dakota War is often called Minnesota’s Other Civil War. Most people have never heard of it and that includes a lot of Minnesotans.  Fought in the same time period as the Civil War battles of Second Manassas and Antietam in that horrific late summer of 1862, it couldn’t have come at a worse time for the Union and Abraham Lincoln. The uprising spread into the Dakota Territories and sent panic into Nebraska, Iowa and Wisconsin.

There were a number of factors which contributed to the Dakota Uprising in 1862. Life was changing for the Dakota as both fur-bearing and game animals, upon which they depended, were getting scarce. It is likely that the Dakota had expected that they would be able to live off the proceeds from selling their land to the U.S. government, via the treaties of 1851 and 1858, but it was not working out that way.  The crops had been poor in 1861 and the winter of 1861-1862 had been difficult, so in 1862, some of the Dakota were hungry. Indian Agent Thomas Galbraith initially refused to distribute food to the Dakota, as he wanted to do that at the same time as he distributed the annual annuity, which had not yet arrived.  The late annuity was also a point of contention. 

When the fighting ended, 500 settlers and 100 soldiers were dead.  Over 200 people were killed the first morning - as many as Custer lost at the Little Bighorn. 

In early December, 303 Sioux prisoners were convicted of murder and rape by military tribunals and sentenced to death. Some trials lasted less than 5 minutes. No one explained the proceedings to the defendants, nor were the Sioux represented by defense attorneys. Pres. Abraham Lincoln personally reviewed the trial records to distinguish between those who had engaged in warfare against the U.S., versus those who had committed crimes of rape and murder against civilians.

The Army executed the 38 remaining prisoners by hanging on December 26, 1862, in Manako Minnesota, It remains the largest mass execution in American History. ..Although it is believed that the majority of the Dakota helped protect the settlers and even hid them from the warriors during the month-long massacre….

After the conflict, Minnesota’s Dakota Indians were expelled from the state. It was one of the most heartbreaking results of the 1862 war. When the Dakota were defeated, the federal government rounded up the survivors. Most were sent to Crow Creek, S.D., where disease and starvation killed many. There’s still a reservation there, and times are still hard.,_Significance_%26_Facts.html


Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum.

  • Necklace that Abraham Lincoln gave Mary Lincoln while they were in the White House. The pear-cut center diamond is surrounded by 28 smaller diamonds.


George Grey Barnard (American, 1863–1938). Abraham Lincoln, ca. 1911–17; executed, ca. 1919. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Morris K. Jesup Fund, 1929 (29.161)

Sally Field as Mary Todd Lincoln, and Daniel Day-Lewis as Lincoln

He won best performance by an actor in a leading role Lincoln (2012)

Accepting the award, Day-Lewis thanked the film’s director, Steven Spielberg, and then paid tribute to the “mysteriously beautiful mind, body and spirit of Abraham Lincoln.”

It took director Steven Spielberg three attempts to persuade Day-Lewis to take on the role of Lincoln.

The Assassination of President Lincoln - Currier and Ives 

Currier & Ives, 1865.

Lithograph of the Assassination of Abraham Lincoln. From left to right: Henry Rathbone, Clara Harris, Mary Todd Lincoln, Abraham Lincoln, and John Wilkes Booth. Rathbone is depicted as spotting Booth before he shot Lincoln and trying to stop him as Booth fired his weapon. Rathbone actually was unaware of Booth’s approach, and reacted after the shot was fired. While Lincoln is depicted clutching the flag after being shot, it is also possible that he just simply pushed the flag aside to watch the performance.

The Old Soldiers Home, where Booth originally plotted to kidnap Lincoln.

U.S. Soldiers Home, Corn Rigs (Lincoln Cottage), Rock Creek Church Road & Upshur Street Northwest, Washington, D.C. Main façade, oblique view. Now the centerpiece of President Lincoln and Soldiers’ Home National Monument.

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Sorry bout my last post on Lincoln, I posted off a site with messed up info, not paying attention , Its been corrected.

Please correct it on your end. Should read

What is the legacy of the Gettysburg Address and the Civil War? Does it still matter today?

The entire text of the Gettysburg Address is less than 300 words, but it carried enormous impact, and remains one of the most quoted speeches in human history. Nov 19th 1863.

He did not live to see the America he envisioned after the Civil War. Later after delivering his brilliant speech, he passed away April 15th 1865- he was assassinated at Ford’s Theatre.

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