Another Questioned Lincoln Photograph

When the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles exhibited Jackie Napoleon Wilson’s superb collection of African American daguerreotypes, ambrotypes, and tintypes, it became an instant success garnering national attention. The exhibition featured the best images from the collections of the Getty Museum and Wilson. [embeddoc url=”” download=”all”]  

Ten True Lies About Abraham Lincoln Part 1

by Allen C. Guelzo In 1860, Abraham Lincoln told Chicago journalist John Locke Scripps: “Why, Scripps, it is a great piece of folly to attempt to make anything out of my early life. It can all be condensed into a single sentence . . . ‘The short and simple annals of the poor.’ That’s my … Read more

Mary Lincoln and the Swings

by Ann Ricker The decline of Mary Lincoln’s mental condition is a major theme of her life during the period from 1866 until her commitment for insanity in 1875. The elusive question of the exact nature of her illness includes a topic that is perhaps easier to grasp—the amount of social isolation that she experienced, … Read more

Will the Real Jack Kelso Please Stand Up?

by Mary Turner Well-educated, fat, lazy, reliable, utterly worthless, happy, and impractical genius—all of these words have been used in the literature on Abraham Lincoln to describe John “Jack” Kelso. Just exactly who was Jack Kelso and what kind of person was he? About the only thing all of the authors agree on is that … Read more

The First Slave Freed by Abraham Lincoln: A Biographical Sketch of Nance Legins (Cox-Cromwell) Costley, circa 1813 1873

by Carl M. Adams A “Negro girle named Nance” first attracted nationwide attention in 1866, about eighteen months after the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln. Chapter three of Illinois Republican Congressman Isaac Newton Arnold’s book, The History of Abraham Lincoln and the Overthrow of Slavery (1866), is subtitled: “Pleads the Case of the Negro Girl … Read more

Beware the Ides of March

In Shakespeare’s play, “Julius Caesar,” a soothsayer warns Caesar of impending treachery declaring, “Beware the Ides of March.” Lincoln’s assassination by the treacherous hands of John Wilkes Booth was proceeded by similar warnings. The warnings were so numerous throughout his entire presidency that, to modern observers, it is easy to dismiss them as idle threats. … Read more

Richard Carwardine – 2018 Annual Banquet Speaker

As an undergraduate at Corpus Christi College, Oxford, in the 1960s, Richard Carwardine took his BA in Modern History. After graduation, he took up the Ochs- Oakes Graduate Scholarship in American History at The Queen’s College, Oxford; he spent a year at the University of California, Berkeley, during an era of campus convulsions (1969-70). “”

The Bixby Letter

By Michael Burlingame Chancellor Naomi B. Lynn Distinguished Chair in Lincoln Studies, University of Illinois Springfield and a Director of The Abraham Lincoln Association In 1995, the Journal of The Abraham Lincoln Association (JALA) ran an article, “New Light on the Bixby Letter,” which argued that Lincoln’s much admired condolence letter was actually composed by … Read more

Abraham Lincoln, John Hay, and the Bixby Letter

Abraham Lincoln, John Hay, and the Bixby Letter by Michael Burlingame Most moviegoers are aware that Abraham Lincoln’s letter of condolence to Lydia Bixby, a widow who purportedly had lost five sons in the Civil War, looms large in Stephen Spielberg’s recent film, Saving Private Ryan. Dated November 21, 1864, the letter reads as follows: … Read more