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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.
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, 1863.
Robert Todd Lincoln, first son of Abraham & Mary Lincoln only child to survive past childhood had his mother committed to mental hospital