Thursday, February 12, 2009

Happy Birthday, President Lincoln!

"This dust was once the Man,
Gentle, plain, just and resolute—under whose cautious hand,
Against the foulest crime in history known in any land or age,
Was saved the Union of These States."

-- Walt Whitman

This past weekend, we attended the 200th Birthday Party for President Abraham Lincoln at the Plymouth Historical Museum in Plymouth, Michigan. Also attending with President and Mrs. Lincoln were Frederick Douglass, Harriet Tubman, Michigan Senator Jacob Howard, Mr. Lincoln's Honor Guard of Union soldiers, and even a Rebel. Here are just a few of the pictures we took.

Fife and drum play for President Lincoln's birthday

Taking a Rebel prisoner

Marching the prisoner off to the stockade

Johnny Reb and Billy Yank share a laugh

President Lincoln chatting with some young fans

President Lincoln reciting his famous "Gettysburg Address"

Chaplain Mike Gillett, Michigan Senator Jacob Howard, me, and President Abraham Lincoln

24th Michigan Volunteer Infantry, Company C exhibit

Photos of various soldiers from the 24th Michigan Volunteer Infantry, Company C.