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
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.)
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
Carolyn Jessop was 18 years old when she was forced to marry Merrill Jessop, a man nearly 40 years her senior. She lived a life of horrific domestic violence at the hands of her husband and her "sister wives" for 17 years before escaping with her 8 children. She was one of the first women to escape from the FLDS cult to win full custody of her children and was instrumental in putting Warren Jeffs away for life with her testimony in a Senate hearing. Her book blows open the shocking FLDS…
'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.
Abraham Lincoln’s funeral procession in New York City, April 24th, 1865. The house on the left, on the corner of 14th St. and Broadway, is that of Cornelius Roosevelt, and the 2 young boys looking out of the window are Teddy Roosevelt and his brother Elliott,
Mary Lincoln "Peggy" Beckwith - the last of the Lincolns - Abe's great-grandaughter. She lived at Hildene in Manchester VT, the home her grandfather Robert Todd Lincoln built. She was eccentric to say the least.
Catherine "Kate" German, who was taken captive with her sisters, Sophia, Julia, and Adelaide, by Cheyenne Indians after their family (mother, father, 3 siblings) were killed in Kansas in 1874. Only the four youngest, Sophia, Catherine, Julia, and Adelaide, were spared and taken captive. The two youngest, Julia and Adelaide, age 7 and 5, were subsequently abandoned on the prairie in what is now the Texas panhandle. Sophia and Catherine were kept by their Cheyenne captors until rescued in…
Interesting fact: Lincoln was shot at, in 1863, Lincoln rode alone to the Soldiers’ Home. A shot rang out and a bareheaded Lincoln came back to the compound clinging to his steed. Lincoln explained that a gunshot had gone off at the foot of the hill, sending the horse galloping so fast it knocked his hat off. Two soldiers retrieved Lincoln’s hat, which had a bullet hole right through it. The president asked the guards to keep the incident under wraps: He didn’t want to worry his wife Mary