By Brian Lamb
Edited by means of C-SPANвЂ™s Brian Lamb and Susan Swain, illustrated with LambвЂ™s photos of Lincoln landmarks, and promoted all year long on C-SPAN, Abraham Lincoln is a superb compendium of data and deeply-informed research that merits a favorite position on each bookshelf.
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Lincoln stipulated that they would fight with large cavalry broadswords, and with these heavy swords a plank was to be placed on the ground over which neither party could cross, and they were to duel with these swords on either side of this plank. Well, the trick here is that Abraham Lincoln was six feet four inches tall and had a very long reach, and Shields was rather shorter. So it was a completely unfair contest and ridiculous. qxd 8/15/08 6:33 AM Page 9 M A R K N E E L Y, J R . 9 dueling, and yet he went along far enough to set the terms.
There was at least one brother who we know was born, Thomas, but he died in infancy. There might, in fact, have been another Lincoln sibling, but we’re still waiting for some documents on that. He had one older sister, Sarah, who was born several years before he was. She died shortly after she married, during childbirth. Lincoln grew up, first, in Kentucky. Then, his family moved to Indiana, where they could find cheaper land and more secure land titles. Indiana was in the old Northwest Territory, so the federal government guaranteed land titles.
Lincoln’s prose is spare, direct, eloquent. It’s the prose of a lawyer speaking to a jury of twelve plain prairie settlers. He never wasted a moment. Herndon once said that Lincoln was so intent upon getting his ideas made crystal clear that he would ball himself up for hours on end, trying to get just the right words for just the right expression. We need a book on what Abraham Lincoln thought was the most important document he ever wrote. Not the Gettysburg Address, not the First Inaugural, not the Second Inaugural, but the Emancipation Proclamation.
Abraham Lincoln: Great American Historians on Our Sixteenth President by Brian Lamb