Abraham Lincoln: A Man of His Time, A Man for All Times

Two hundred years after his birth, Abraham Lincoln’s historical importance endures. . . . A man for all times, Lincoln has become a global figure. People around the world take inspiration from the principles, words, and resolute leadership of the sixteenth President of the United States.

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Discussion

When we had this exhibit on display at the park in the summer of 2011, we found possible errors within the exhibit. Those errors are as follows:

On Panel 1, upper 2nd section, the photograph of the “Abraham Lincoln’s birth cabin, near Hodgenville, KY., c. 1902,” is not the
cabin displayed within the Memorial Building. It is, however, the Lincoln cabin, supposedly built by Abraham and his father, Thomas, around 1831 in Coles County, Illinois. The photograph for the exhibit is listed from the Library of Congress, which may have it labeled incorrectly and this was just passed on to the exhibit.

On Panel 3, upper 1st section, the photograph of “Abraham Lincoln, General McClellan, and Union Soldiers at the Fifth Army Corps Headquarters, Washington D.C., by Fritz-John Porter, September 1862,” reads as if Fritz-John Porter (his name is misspelled, should be Fitz-John Porter) was the photographer who took the photograph. However, Fitz-John Porter was in actuality the commander of the Fifth Corps of the Army of the Potomac and was not a photographer of the period.

On Panel 5, lower 4th section, the photograph “of Lincoln’s horse, “Old Bob,” Springfield, Ill., on the day of Lincoln’s funeral, April 1865,” is in
error in one of two aspects. If the photograph was taken in Springfield, Illinois the day of Lincoln’s funeral, then the dating is wrong as
Lincoln was buried in Oak Ridge Cemetery in Springfield on May 4, 1865. If the dating is correct (April 1865) the photograph would have had to be taken in some other location. Lincoln’s funeral train departed Washington D.C. on April 21 and traveled through various cities with Lincoln lying in state in these cities along the way. The Lincoln Funeral train did not arrive in Springfield, Illinois until May 3, 1865.

Any questions let me know.

Gary Ferguson
Park Guide
Abraham Lincoln Birthplace NHP
2995 Lincoln Farm Road
Hodgenville, KY. 42748
270-358-3137
Gary_L_Ferguson@nps.gov


Dear Gary, Thank you so much for bringing these errors to my attention. We will draft a note and upload to the beginning of the exhibition with your corrections to the labels.
Again, thank you.
Susan F. Saidenberg


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