Martin Van Buren Bates, a quiet schoolteacher, found that his enormous size (7′9″) served him better on the battlefields of the Civil War. The “Kentucky Giant” rose quickly from private to captain in the Fifth Kentucky Infantry; Union soldiers told of a “Confederate giant who’s as big as five men and fights like 50.” After the war, Bates was touring Canada with a circus when he met Anna Haining Swan, another enormously tall person (7′5″), and they married in London, where Queen Victoria gave...
On Nov 6, 1860, Abraham Lincoln was elected president. Francis Grierson, a young boy at the time, wrote, "At last the day of election came the city woke in a sort of dream...there were rumours, impossible rumours, that the tall, gaunt Rail-Splitter from up there at Springfield, Illinois was elected." Lincoln bested Stephen Douglas in St. Louis by 9,946 to 700. ©Missouri History Museum
Seated pose of Abraham Lincoln holding Emancipation Proclamation papers. Photographed by Alexander Gardner. (c1863).
Arthur Macarthur was a brave teenaged officer in the Civil War. He won the Medal of Honor at 18, and was a Lt. Col by the age of 19. Years later his son, Douglas MacArthur, would also win the Medal of Honor - making them one of only two Father-Son recipients of the Medal of Honor.
Robert Todd Lincoln, c. 1865 (a little late for this board, but posting anyway). Abraham and Mary’s first son, future Secretary of War, present at the assassination of two sitting presidents (though not his father’s.)
ca. 1864, [carte de visite portrait of Henry O. Nightingale], JNO Holyland Metropolitan Gallery An abolitionist, Nightingale joined the Northern army at the start of the Civil War in 1861. In 1862 he joined the 108th New York Infantry Regiment. He fought in a dozen battles, including Gettysburg, and was promoted to corporal on March 1, 1864. via the Online Archives of California, UC Merced Special Collections Library, Henry O. Nightingale Diaries
Harriet Tubman (born Araminta Ross; c. March 1822 – March 10, 1913) was an African-American abolitionist, humanitarian and Union spy during the American Civil War. After escaping from slavery, into which she was born, she made 13 missions to rescue more than 70 slaves using the network of antislavery activists and safe houses known as the Underground Railroad. She later helped John Brown recruit men for his raid on Harpers Ferry, and in the post-war era struggled for women's suffrage
Mary Surratt was the first woman to be executed by the U.S. Federal Government.. for her participation in the Lincoln assassination plot. Her guilt is the subject of much controversy, even today. What's clear is that her slippery son, John, who was an actual conspirator; fled to Canada and evaded capture for two years and was not hanged. Mary's boarding house in D.C. is now a Chinese restaurant called Wok N Roll. There's a plaque in the doorway.