Category Archives: Abraham Lincoln

Lincoln Cottage still a great respite

I have a secret – I’d never been to the Lincoln Cottage until this week when a taking a tour group. It was on my bucket list for the winter, but with the government shutdown a Lincoln tour needed a … Continue reading

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The door down the street

The White House isn’t the only house to walk by the front door around Lafayette Park. A famous bystander to history is a few doors down. Major Henry Rathbone was in Abraham Lincoln’s box when murdered by John Wilkes Booth. … Continue reading

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Where’s John Wilkes Booth? Let’s go look

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The Cursed Lincoln?

Why was Robert Todd Lincoln called “The Cursed Lincoln?” After all, he was the only of Abe Lincoln’s four sons to live past the age of 18. He was saved from death after falling off a train platform by a … Continue reading

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Lincoln and Lee – the myth and photo

OK, let me mess with your mind. One of the stories of the Lincoln Memorial is Robert E. Lee is in the back of Abe’s hair looking at the Southern general’s mansion across the river. It makes for a good … Continue reading

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The Cursed Lincoln?

Robert Todd Lincoln fascinates me. The only son of Abraham Lincoln (please tell me you know who he is) to live past 18 was called “The Cursed Lincoln.” Really? His father was assassinated and Robert’s the one who was cursed? … Continue reading

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Now which way did he go? Always checking on Booth

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Black Friday shopping? Start with this book

When I saw the book was written by Michael Kauffman, I knew I was buying it. He’s that good. “In the Footsteps of an Assassin” details assassin John Wilkes Booth’s escape trail after killing President Lincoln. Kauffman is a longtime … Continue reading

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Petersen House is a must stop for Lincoln fans

For many years, I’ve walked past Petersen House en route to Ford Theatre. I should have detoured across the street years ago. President Abraham Lincoln died at Petersen House on April 14, 1865 after shot the night before at Ford’s … Continue reading

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See Lincoln movie, then come on my free tour

Stephen Spielberg’s “Lincoln” appears Friday and it looks like a blockbuster. After all, who doesn’t love the story of the 16th and maybe the greatest president (over George Washington.) But we all how Lincoln’s story ends, and that’s my tour … Continue reading

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Lincoln movie preview

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Sneak preview of Lincoln movie

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New Lincoln movie debuts Nov. 16

And, see above for link to my free Lincoln assassination tour on Nov. 17.

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Lincoln at Fort Lincoln Cemetery

Truly, this is one of the hidden gems of Washington. An Abraham Lincoln sculpture by renowned Lincoln scholar Andrew O’Connor sits in the middle of Fort Lincoln Cemetery about 100 yards from the District line. The 13-foot enduring bronze statue … Continue reading

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Fort Lincoln Cemetery: Defending Washington during Civil War

Cannons in a cemetery? Two cannons rest amid earthworks in Fort Lincoln Cemetery just past the city’s eastern border, remnants of the Civil War defense. Ironically, they’re only a couple hundred yards from the Battle of Bladensburg in 1814 where … Continue reading

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Free Booth-Lincoln assassination tour is Saturday

OK, you’ve eaten plenty and shopped til you dropped. Now it’s time for some exercise, entertainment and education. My final Booth-Lincoln assassination tour until spring is Saturday from 12-1:30 p.m. There’s always room and it’s free (though tips are appreciated.) … Continue reading

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Police and fire boxes gain new life

I’ll admit not knowing the following story until becoming a tour guide. Like a lot of statues, I’d walk by these call boxes never knowing they were once the lifeline of police and firemen. It’s not often I find superb … Continue reading

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One Destiny is one play not to miss

The ticket is just $5. The play is 35 minutes plus a 10-minute question-answer with the actors. And, you can see the museum, too. But forget all of that. One Destiny at Ford’s Theatre doesn’t need any help to make … Continue reading

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Consider a John Wilkes Booth tour

Sometimes I call it a Lincoln assassination tour. Sometimes it’s a John Wilkes Booth tour. The difference is which angle to take, but the information is 90 percent the same. Just depends on what the audience wants. Here’s a taste … Continue reading

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Finally saw The Conspirator

You’d think writing this blog and being a third-cousin of Mary Surratt (and distant cousin of John Wilkes Booth) that I’d have been first in line for The Conspirator. But, I was vacationing in Europe when it opened so Friday … Continue reading

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