Greetings to the readers of The Abraham Lincoln Blog. It’s been a while since I’ve updated this forum with a new post, thanks to a busy summer professionally and personally. In addition to writing this blog, I also edit the “Honest Abraham Lincoln” page on Facebook (http://facebook.com/honestabrahamlincoln) and write Lincoln-related “tweets” on Twitter (Mr_Lincoln). It’s difficult to keep up with everything, but I do my best. The Facebook page has 615 fans at this writing, while the Twitter feed is followed by over 2,200 people.
In addition to using social media to help educate others about Lincoln’s life and legacy, I have recently begun lecturing to public and private groups about different aspects of Lincoln. In recent months, I’ve spoken on his Inaugural Journey to Washington in 1861; his assassination and funeral train journey back to Springfield in 1865; and his struggles to find competent generals during the Civil War.
My next scheduled lecture will be about Lincoln’s numerous ties to my home state of Ohio. While he of course never lived in the Buckeye State, he gave speeches in Cincinnati, Columbus, and Cleveland. Ohioans Salmon B. Chase and Edwin M. Stanton served in his cabinet. Ohio generals Grant, Sherman, and Sheridan helped to win the Civil War. And Cleveland and Columbus hosted two of Lincoln’s funerals. Lincoln antagonists Benjamin Wade and Clement Vallandigham also hailed from Ohio. Ohio was crucial in Lincoln’s life and I look forward to lecturing on this topic.
The lecture is scheduled for November 5, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. at the Granville Public Library in Granville, OH, about 25 miles east of Columbus. All of you are invited to this free public lecture. Why not drop by and learn a little more about Mr. Lincoln? I would love to meet you.