2009 Bicentennial Lincoln Penny
Lincoln educating himself while working as a rail splitter in Indiana.
Lincoln Addresses the Nation
By The Editors of the New York Times,
March 4, 2011http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/03/03/lincoln-addresses-the-nation/
And on this 150th anniversary, here in Broward County, the people that still control power, the puppets and the strings are lobbyists and land development lawyers.
Sadly, corrupt Broward County is still NOT The Land of Lincoln.
Just like I say at the top of my blog.
excerpt from a May 25m 2008 email of mine:
What's been the central point that everyone been going on and on about over the past 18 months regarding Doris Kearns Goodwin's award-winning Lincoln biography,Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln
That Lincoln wasn't afraid of putting very ambitious and capable people in his cabinet. People who had said terrible things about him and who'd actively sought to deny him the Republican nomination. He put the interests of the nation above his own.
Channeling, But Not Exactly Paralleling, Lincoln's Trip
By Marc Ambinder Posted: 17 Jan 2009 09:18 AM CST
PHILADELPHIA, PA --
The land of Lincolner embarks this morning on a 20th century version of Abraham Lincoln's dozen day trek from Springfield to Washington ahead of his inauguration.
Lincoln spoke more than 100 times during the train trips, often tailoring his remarks to his audience, and even more often, surprising his political handlers by provocatively challenging Southern secessionists.
In Steubenville, Ohio, just across the river from Virginia, he remarked that Virginians were entitled to their rights, but only the people collectively could express those rights.
Elsewhere, he spoke mainly of the country's Constitutional binds.
At Cooper Union in New York: "I am exceedingly anxious that this Union, this Constitution and the liberties of the people shall be perpetuated in accordance with the original idea for which that struggle was made, and I shall be most happy indeed if I shall be an humble instrument in the hands of the Almighty, and of this, his almost chosen people, for perpetuating the object of that great struggle."
Lincoln, visiting Philadelphia and Independence Hall: "I have never had a feeling politically that did not spring from the sentiments embodied in the Declaration of Independence."
Ironically, the Philadelphia to Baltimore trek was canceled at the last minute because Allan Pinkerton's intelligence indicated that Lincoln would be gunned down as he entered Baltimore's Calvert station. So Lincoln improvised, leaving Harrisburg, PA in the dead of night, hopped aboard a passenger train, crammed into a back seat, slid through Baltimore at 3:30 in the morning, head down, wearing a "gentleman's shawl," and arrived in Washington, D.C. the next day at 6:00 a.m.
Lincoln's caravan was fairly short: three cards and a locomotive. Historian Harold Holzer writes that Lincoln's compartment was flecked with patriotic flourishes, "warmed by modern heaters," lit by candles, had four "cozy" reading chairs and a black walnut table. The wall paneling was "curled maple" offset by zebra wood, gilt moldings and plush furnishings. The locomotives were called "The Union" and the "Constitution."
The national railroad superintendent personally supervised the trip along the "Great Western" tracks. All other trains had to give the right of way. Security, until Philadelphia, was light.
All the big journalists of the time accompanied him; journalists had ready access to Lincoln's car.
FYI: The paternal side of my family is based out of the same Steubenville, Ohio mentioned above in Marc Ambinder's essay, and they were there before Ohio was a state, and was part of the Ohio Territory.
Paternal ancestors of mine living then -along with the rest of Steubenville- saw Lincoln when he arrived and spoke on his way to his Inauguration, and some of them were later part of the volunteer force who made the Underground Railroad a reality.
Among them were some relatives of Lincoln's, since our own family is connected to the Lincoln family thru their Holmes connection, of early 18th-Century New Jersey and earlier, 17th-Century Rhode Island.
One of those Holmes descendants and ancestor of mine was a man that I've referenced here before on the blog, who, during the Revolutionary War, served as a spy for General Washington and the Continental Army against the British.
Twenty-plus years earlier, in 1755, when he was MUCH younger, he marched with Washington and British Major-Gen. Edward Braddock, commander-in-chief of the British Army in North America, on their famous ill-fated Expedition from Alexandria (VA) to take French-controlled Fort Duquesne on the forks of the Ohio River, in what's now present day Pittsburgh.
They ultimately failed in their efforts and Gen. Braddock and many other were killed, but some, including my ancestor and Washington, survived to make their way home and, yes, live to fight another day.
For his service to the fledgling country in their war with Great Britain, he was awarded acres of land in the distant Ohio Territories, in an area that is now a few miles north of Steubenville and Jefferson County.
Three-hundred years later, many of his descendants still make that part of Ohio, near Pittsburgh and across the Ohio River from West Virginia, their home -my father's hometown.
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
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