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In keeping with the theme, the picture on the right is The Washington Monument as Lincoln saw it, on the left, the difference in the color of the stone is still evident today.
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With so many books already in print, I made no effort to present the obvious, going instead for obscure tidbits missing from most other works. Like what, you ask? Well, like the fact that when Lincoln went out to inspect Fort Stevens on the outskirts of DC while it was under attack by Confederate forces, it precipitated only the second time in American history that the Commander-in-Chief was actually under enemy fire.
Then I was lucky enough to find a document which had not seen the light of day in nearly 100 years. Let me assure
you that holding a document
signed by Lincoln is a unique
experience. It's his reply to a
lawsuit accusing him of stealing
a small sum of money from his
father-in-law. Honest Abe!
In the clerk's office in the
county where Lincoln was born
I discovered a document showing
that Abe's father, Thomas, had been
appointed a "padroller," someone whose
duties included apprehending fugitive slaves to be returned to their owners.
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