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Emily Todd was Mary Todd Lincoln's half-sister. In 1856 she married Benjamin Helm, a Confederate general. After Helm's death in 1863 Emily Helm passed through Union Lines to visit her sister in the White House. This caused great consternation in the Northern newspapers. Emily Helm took an oath of loyalty to the Union and was granted amnesty

“All quiet along the Potomac” Mathew Brady’s cameraman, Thomas Le Mere, thought that a standing pose of the president would be popular. Lincoln wondered if it could be accomplished in one shot, and this is the successful result. It was taken on April 17, 1863

Thomas "Tad" Lincoln poses on April 10, 1865 with his father President Lincoln in the Whitehouse. Tad outlived his father, but died of heart failure at the age of 18 on July 15, 1871.

If General McClellan does not want to use the army, I would like to borrow it.

FILE - This Nov. 8, 1863 file photo shows President Abraham Lincoln. More than 147 years after his death, a researcher for the Papers of Abraham Lincoln Project, discovered an original copy of the 21-page clinical report by Dr. Charles Leale, who was the first doctor to treat Lincoln after he was shot at a Washington theater on the night of April 14, 1865. (AP Photo/Alexander Gardner, File)

"With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation's wounds, to care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow and his orphan - to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations." - Abraham Lincoln

Photograph of President Abraham Lincoln by The U.S. National Archives, via Flickr

Abraham Lincoln, President, U.S. by The U.S. National Archives, via Flickr

Abraham Lincoln by The U.S. National Archives, via Flickr

President Abraham Lincoln and Tad Lincoln by The U.S. National Archives, via Flickr

President Abraham Lincoln by The U.S. National Archives, via Flickr

Wedding day photograph of Abraham and Mary taken November 4, 1842 in Springfield, Illinois after three years of a stormy courtship and a broken engagement. Their love had endured.

Rarely seen photo of Lincoln (possibly by Preston Butler) made in May 1860, just after Lincoln clinched the nomination.

Early photograph of Lincoln from 1846-47.

Abraham Lincoln, Matthew Brady image, ca. 1862. Not a good hair day.

Abraham Lincoln, taken by Matthew Brady

Lincoln by Alexander Hesler, June 1860 www.alincolnbooks...