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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

Lincoln's sister-in-law, Emilie Todd Helm, was married to a Confederate general who was killed during the Civil War. When she visited the White House after her husband's death, it created a stir in Washington and many newspapers complained about the rebel widow's visit.

Sister of Mary Todd Lincoln

Ben Hardin Helm, Confederate brigadier general and brother-in-law of President Lincoln, was married to the half-sister of Mary Todd Lincoln, Emily Todd

Mary Todd Lincoln was extremely well-educated for her time, acquiring much of her knowledge from a French woman named Madame Charlotte Mentelle. Lincoln, for his part, respected her intelligence. "I heard him say he had no need to read a book after Mary gave him a synopsis," Mary's half-sister Emilie Todd Helm once said.

Lincoln Lore – Emilie Todd Helm; Mary's half sister

In Autumn 1864, Mary Lincoln's half sister Emilie Todd Helm

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

Emilie Todd Helm (1836-1930) “Rebel In The White House”  “The child has a tongue like the rest of the Todds.” — Abraham Lincoln Emilie 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.

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

October 30, 1864. In Autumn 1864, Mary Lincoln's half sister Emilie Todd Helm asked the president for a travel pass to tend to business affairs in the South. When he refused, she wrote an angry letter chiding him that "your minnie bullets have made us what we are."

Photo Gallery: Helm Place, a Greek Revival mansion on Bowman Mill Road where Mary Todd Lincoln's half-sister Emilie Todd Helm and her children spent the last decades of their lives, has been donated to the Kentucky Mansions Preservation Foundation to become a museum.

Emilie Todd Helm, top, sits on the front steps of Helm Place in this undated photo; she bought the home in 1912

Helm Place - A Greek Revival mansion built in the 1850s on Bowmans Mill Rd in Lexington, Kentucky was part of the estate of Revolutionary War veteran Col. Abraham Bowman. Behind the house was Todds station, built 1779 by Levi Todd, grandfather of Mary Todd Lincoln & Emilie Todd Helm. Mrs. Helm, wife of CSA Gen. Benjamin H. Helm bought the home in 1912. Emilie & her children spent the last decades of their lives here. Donated 2011 to the Kentucky Mansions Preservation Foundation. Photo: Tom E...

Helm Place - A Greek Revival mansion built in the 1850s on Bowmans Mill Rd in Lexington, Kentucky was part of the estate of Revolutionary War veteran Col. Abraham Bowman. Behind the house was Todds station, built 1779 by Levi Todd, grandfather of Mary Todd Lincoln & Emilie Todd Helm. Mrs. Helm, wife of CSA Gen. Benjamin H. Helm bought the home in 1912. Emilie & her children spent the last decades of their lives here. Donated 2011 to the Kentucky Mansions Preservation Foundation. Photo: Tom E...

Brigadier General Benjamin Hardin Helm, the husband of Mary Lincoln's half sister Emilie, was mortally wounded at the Battle of Chickamauga on September 20, 1863. A friend of the Lincolns described the president as "grief-stricken."

Confederate Brigadier General Benjamin Hardin Helm was the brother-in-law of President Abraham Lincoln. In 1856, Helm married Mary Todd Lincoln’s half-sister, Emilie. In 1861, President Abraham Lincoln offered Helm the job of Union Army Paymaster. Helm turned the job down and instead raised the Confederate 1st Kentucky Cavalry. He was commissioned Colonel in October 1861 and was promoted to Brigadier General in March 1862. He was killed during the Battle of Chickamauga on September 21, 18...

Quotes By Mary Todd Lincoln~ "He is a butcher and is not fit to be at the head of an army. Yes, he generally manages to claim a victory, but such a victory! He loses two men to the enemy’s one. He has no management, no regard for life." Conversation with Abraham Lincoln regarding General Ulysses S. Grant. SOURCE: Behind the Scenes, Or, Thirty Years a Slave, and Four Years in the White House by Elizabeth Keckley (New York, Penguin Books, 2005), p. 59. "I seem to be the scape-goat for both Nor...

Edgewood - Bardstown, Kentucky - Built 1812-1215. Served as headquarters for General Leonidas Polk during the Confederate occupation of Bardstown. The right wing is the older portion. Benjamin Hardin, Kentucky lawyer and secretary of state, built Edgewood. His grandson, General Ben Hardin Helm of the Confederate army, who was born at Edgewood, married Emilie Todd, sister of Mary Tod Lincoln.

Emilie Todd (both photos) a true Kentucky beauty. Emilie was born in 1836 in Lexington and was the half-sister of Mary Todd Lincoln (18 years difference in age). In 1856, Emilie married Benjamin Hardin Helm, who went on to lead Kentucky's famed Confederate Orphan Brigade and was killed at the Battle of Chickamauga. If you have seen pictures of Gen. Helm, you can see that he clearly married up. After Gen. Helm's death, Emilie went to live with Mary and Abraham Lincoln in the White House for a...

Cedar Hall-Helm Place, Fayette Co., KY - This Greek Revival home was part of the Bowman estate. Col. Abraham Bowman commanded the 8th VA Regt. in the Revolutionary War. In the 1850s, one of Bowman’s descendants built the mansion, originally called Cedar Hall, which sits on a hill at the end of a majestic lawn. Behind house was Todd's Station, built 1779 by Levi Todd, grandfather of Mary Todd Lincoln & half sister Emilie Todd Helm. Mrs. Helm, wife of CSA Gen. Ben H. Helm, bought the house ...