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

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