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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

The house in which Lincoln died, at 453 (now 516) 10th Street, NW., was built by William Petersen, a tailor of Swedish descent, in 1849. It is a three-story building, with the basement only slightly below the street level. Since the house had more rooms than the family required, he rented his extra rooms to lodgers

On Sunday, August 9, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln, along with his secretary John Hay, visited photographer Alexander Gardner’s new Washington, D.C. studio at 7th and D Street. It was there that Lincoln, who according to Hay was in good spirits, sat for Gardner for the fourth time, producing a number of new likenesses. Nine days after his sitting, Mr. Gardner received a letter signed by the president. (Follow link to read letter.)


'Rasputin Was My Neighbor' And Other True Tales Of Time Travel

In 1956, on the game show I've Got A Secret, host Garry Moore brought on 96-year-old Samuel Seymour. Here's his secret: He was sitting in Ford's theater the night Lincoln was shot. He was 5 years old and remembered John Wilkes Booth bounding from Lincoln's box onto the stage. Here he is on television, describing what he saw.

Prologue: Pieces of History » Rare photo of Lincoln at Gettysburg. Great detail zoomed in close of the only known photograph taken of Lincoln at Gettysburg from a long distance away.

Mary Todd Lincoln reveled in the social life of Washington. She spent copious amounts of money remodeling the White House and on extravagances like 300 gloves in 4 months and a 2500 dollar carpet. These shopping sprees landed her 6000 dollars over her 20,000 dollar Congressional limit. Some historians explain her shopping sprees as symptoms of bipolar disorder. Her spending was so bad that it was even an issue in the election of 1864.

Mary Todd Lincoln, born December 13, 1818, served as first lady during one of the most difficult eras in U.S. history. Her activities during the Civil War to provide relief for soldiers and former slaves were overshadowed by her erratic behavior during her term as first lady and for her immense grief after Lincoln's assassination.

Deeply invested in the occult for most of her life, Mary became consumed with contacting Abraham Lincoln after his untimely assassination in 1865. She was constantly holding seances in an attempt to find her husband and in 1869- or thereabouts, as the date is not entirely known- she met William H. Mumler, a well-known ‘spirit photographer’