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Happy Birthday, Mr. Lincoln

Allan Pinkerton, President Abraham Lincoln, and Major General John A. McClernand. This photo was taken not long after the Civil War’s first battle on northern soil in Antietam, Maryland on October 3, 1862. In his role as head of Union Intelligence Services during the war, Pinkerton foiled an assassination attempt against Lincoln. His wartime work was critical in raising Pinkerton’s profile and helping to bolster the reputation of his Pinkerton National Detective Agency, which pioneered the American private detective industry.—from Wikipedia

To celebrate the 16th president's birthday the Libraries has many items in its collections.

Here are some highlights:

Anderson Galleries, Inc., A remarkable collection of autograph letters and Lincolniana from the library of a New York gentleman, including a "Lynch" signature and all the other signers except three, a full set of the presidents, remarkably fine letters by literary men, statesmen, and soldiers, and an extraordinary collection of Lincoln letters and books, to be sold November 13 and 14, 1916 … on public exhibition from Saturday, November 4th. New York [1916].

Angle, Paul M. (Paul McClelland), "Here I have lived"; a history of Lincoln's Springfield, 1821-1865, Springfield, Ill., The Abraham Lincoln Association, 1935.

Baber, Adin, A. Lincoln with compass and chain; surveying career as seen in his notes and maps, and with an account of the Hanks family cousins, makers of fine surveying and mathematical instruments. Kansas, Ill., Priv. print. by the author, 1968.

Bates, Finis Langdon. The escape and suicide of John Wilkes Booth; or, The first true account of Lincoln's assassination, containing a complete confession by Booth many years after the crime, giving in full detail the plans, plot and intrigue of the conspirators, and the treachery of Andrew Johnson, then vice-president of the United States; / written for the correction of history by Finis L. Bates. Naperville, Ill., Atlanta, Ga. [etc.] J.L. Nichols & Company [1907].

Abraham Lincoln: from his own words and contemporary accounts, edited by Roy Edgar Appleman. Washington : U.S. Dept. of the Interior, National Park Service, 1942.

Elizabeth Periale

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