Lincoln Immortal?

As the month of April draws to a close, we reflect that nearly 150 years ago the funeral train of Abraham Lincoln was closing in on his hometown of Springfield, Illinois. The details of the assassination are generally well known. Less than a week after Robert E. Lee's surrender at Appomattox, Lincoln is shot at Ford's Theatre by the actor, John Wilkes Booth. He dies the following morning, April 15th, 1865. But today, as we approach the sesquicentennial of that event, the American people know more about the death of their most famous president than about his life. The recent Lincoln movie moves the American mind to consider that exceptional life, focusing on Lincoln's words and deeds as opposed to his death. The assassination is notably absent from the film, although some viewers may think, for a moment, that they are about to witness it. One of the final scenes of the movie depicts young Tad Lincoln eagerly taking in a play on the night in question, but at Grover's Theatre, not...(Read Full Article)