Abraham Lincoln, RIP

Posted on February 13, 2017 by Martin Oaks under Community, Resources
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Personal belongings of Abraham Lincoln

With Abraham Lincoln’s birthday being this week, there has been a lot in the news about both his life and his accomplishments. As a native of Illinois, I grew up exposed to Lincoln material – but it seems every year I learn something new.

For example, I only recently discovered that there is an exhibition of the articles that were found in his pockets when he was assassinated: it was a curious lot. He was carrying a watch fob, linen handkerchief, leather wallet, pocket knife, two pairs of spectacles (one secured with string), newspaper clippings and a new five dollar confederate bill. All of these items are pictured above.

Of course, the first question that comes to mind is, “Why would Lincoln be carrying a confederate bill?” Although several explanations have been suggested, the most reasonable one seems to be that it was a souvenir associated with the end of the Civil War. These contents were given to his family and have only recently been put on public display – they can be viewed at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.

A special connection that many of us from Illinois have with Lincoln is the fact that he was a “Circuit Rider” – he practiced law in several cities, including my hometown of Danville, Illinois. Lincoln worked in Danville from 1841 until 1859; prior to leaving for Washington, he made his final address here. The Vermillion County Museum and the home of his close friend, Dr. William Fithian (where Lincoln frequently stayed), may be of interest. It was at the Fithian home on September 21, 1858 that Lincoln addressed a crowd from a balcony in his stocking feet.

When I think about Lincoln I always remember that he had nightmares of being assassinated several nights before the actual event occurred. Mary Todd Lincoln said, “His dream was prophetic.” Abraham Lincoln was buried in Springfield, Illinois (cremation was not even available in 1865).

Ironically, our cemetery here at Martin Oaks dates back to approximately that time period. Martin Oaks would like to thank our readers for you continuous support and positive feedback. If you have any questions, comments, or are in need of our services in Dallas cremation from our Lewisville TX funeral homes, please do not hesitate to contact us at (469) 605-7215, 24/7.


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