The Lincoln Log

A Daily Chronology of the Life of Abraham Lincoln compiled by the Lincoln Sesquicentennial Commission with the cooperation and support of the Abraham Lincoln Association and published by the Government Printing Office in 1960. To view the full Daily Chronology of the Life of Abraham Lincoln Please visit The Lincoln Log Org.

  • Sunday, February 12, 1809

    Sunday, February 12, 1809.

    Hardin County, KY.

    "I was born Feb. 12. 1809 in then Hardin county Kentucky," wrote Lincoln in June 1860 for Thomas Hicks, "at a point within the now recently formed county of Larue, a mile, or a mile & a half from where Hodgin'sville now is. My parents being dead and my own memory not serving, I know no means of identifying the precise locality. It was on Nolin Creek." [Thomas Lincoln possessed 348½ acres of land when Abraham was born. Abraham's birthplace is approximately three miles south of present-day Hodgenville, on Nolin River.]Memorandum Concerning His Birthplace, 14 June 1860, CW, 4:75-76.

  • Monday, March 15, 1830

    Monday, March 15, 1830

    “How glorious it is to paint in the open fields, to hear the birds singing around you, to draw in the fresh air—how thankful it makes one.” —William Sidney Mount

    Macon County, IL.

    "Lincoln's family 'located' on some new land, ten miles northwest [southwest] of Decatur, on the north bank of the Sangamon river, at a junction of forest and prairie land. Here the father and son built a log-cabin [also smoke house and barn], and split rails enough to fence in their land." [Lincoln farm was located on S.E. ¼ of the S.W. ¼ of Sec. 28, T. 16 N., R. 1 E. of 3 P.M.] William D. Howells, Life of Abraham Lincoln (Springfield, IL: Abraham Lincoln Association, 1938), 23; Edwin D. Davis, "The Hanks Family in Macon County, Illinois," Illinois State Historical Society, Papers in Illinois History 46 (1939):83.

  • Tuesday, September 22, 1835

    Tuesday, September 22, 1835

    New Salem, IL.

    Lincoln franks letter from M. S. Marsh to his brother in New Hampshire. Marsh writes that Lincoln is very careless in leaving office open and unattended, and that he could have charged double postage he marked on cover of recent letter. But Lincoln, says Marsh, would not have done that even if he had noticed incorrect amount.Photocopy.

  • Wednesday, July 20, 1842

    Wednesday, July 20, 1842

    Springfield, IL.

    Lincoln draws up affidavit of Nathaniel Hay, who is suing Bryan to collect on promissory note for $161, but cannot find original note.Photocopy.

    Lincoln attends Whig evening meeting at state house to organize Clay Club. Speeches are made by Lincoln, Logan, Baker, and A. Williams. N. W. Edwards, presiding, appoints Lincoln to executive committee.Sangamo Journal, 22 July 1842.

  • Thursday, October 19, 1848

    Thursday, October 19, 1848

    Beardstown, IL.

    Lincoln delivers a speech in the evening concerning the upcoming presidential election. A local newspaper notes that his remarks are "very sensible and illustrative."Beardstown Gazette (IL), 25 October 1848, 2:1-2.

  • Friday, October 14, 1853

    Abraham Lincoln and the Telegraph - Interest in Technology Helped Lincoln Command the Military During the Civil War

    Friday, October 14, 1853

    Pekin, IL.

    [James F. Joy telegraphs Lincoln at Springfield asking him to act as arbitrator in dispute over crossing between Illinois Central and Northern Indiana railroads. P. S. Blackendt telegraphs same inquiry. Frederick T. Hill, Lincoln the Lawyer (New York: Century Co., 1906), 250.]

  • Saturday, October 15, 1859

    Saturday, October 15, 1859

    Clinton, IL and Springfield, IL.

    Springfield Republicans are jubilant at election returns. "Mr. Lincoln, the 'giant killer,' returned from DeWitt county court on the Saturday evening train, and when it became known he was in the city several hundred Republicans, headed by a band of music, formed in procession and proceeded to his residence." Lincoln goes with them to Capitol and speaks. Illinois State Journal, 17 October 1859; Speech at Springfield, Illinois, 15 October 1859, CW, 3:489.

  • Sunday, April 9, 1865

    Sunday, April 9, 1865

    En route on Steamboat River Queen and Washington, DC.

    "That whole day [steaming up Potomac] the conversation turned on literary subjects. Mr. Lincoln read aloud to us for several hours. Most of the passages he selected were from Shakespeare." Adolphe de Pineton, marquis de Chambrun, Impressions of Lincoln and the Civil War: A Foreigner's Account (New York: Random House, 1952), 82-86.

    President returns in excellent health. River Queen arrives at 6 P.M., bringing President, Mrs. Lincoln, Tad Lincoln, Attorney General James Speed, Assistant Secretary Otto, Senator Charles Sumner (Mass.), Senator James Harlan (Iowa), Mrs. Harlan and daughter Mary, and Marquis de Chambrun. Evening Star (Washington, DC), 10 April 1865, 3d ed., Extra, 2:2.

    Presidential party arrives about sundown. Streets alive with people. Bonfires everywhere. General Robert E. Lee has surrendered. William H. Crook, "Lincoln's Last Day: New Facts Now Told for the First Time. Compiled and written down by Margarita S. Gerry," Harper's Monthly Magazine 115 (September 1907):523.

    President visits Secretary Seward, severely injured by fall from carriage. Francis F. Browne, The Everyday Life of Abraham Lincoln (New York: Thompson, 1886), 694-95.

    Crowds in front of White House call for President. "He responded briefly but pleasantly." Francis F. Browne, The Everyday Life of Abraham Lincoln (New York: Thompson, 1886), 697.