Cases including the contents of Abraham Lincoln’s pockets, Top Hat and Greatcoat from the night of the assassination. Items now on display as part of “Silent Witnesses” at the Ford’s Theatre Center for Education and Leadership. Photo by Gary Erskine.
*ABRAHAM LINCOLN ~ Political: Ribbons & Badges, Single Portrait Brady Ribbon: June, 1858 Lincoln was instrumental in getting the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate, where his acceptance speech would become known as the "HOUSE DIVIDED SPEECH". The fame debates w/Douglas took place in 7 towns throughout ILL. Despite holding his own w/Douglas, the state legislature selected Douglas for the senate seat by a vote of 54-46.
FAKE: Daguerreotype of Lincoln and his family in front of the White House. FACT: This is a modern photo of mannequins at the Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum in Springfield, Illinois (note the man in modern clothes walking in the background.)