Lincoln Tomb to host 'Spirits of the Civil War'
Sept. 7 programs on Lincoln's son,
African-American soldiers and immigrants
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[August 26, 2013]
SPRINGFIELD -- The Lincoln Tomb
State Historic Site offers a special day of history on Sept. 7 with
presentations on Abraham Lincoln's least-known son, African-American
heroes of the Civil War and immigration in central Illinois.
In addition, the historic interpreters of the 114th Illinois
Volunteer Infantry will appear at the tomb from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. to
give visitors a look at what life was like in the Union Army.
"Spirits of the Civil War" events begin at 1 p.m. with Tom Emery, a
freelance writer and historical researcher from Carlinville. In
"Eddie: Lincoln's Forgotten Son," he'll look at the life of Edward
Baker Lincoln, the second son of Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln, who
died in 1850 before the age of 4.
At 2 o'clock, two African-American heroes of the Civil War will
be brought back to life in portrayals.
Andrew Jackson Smith was a fugitive slave who made his way to
Clinton, Ill., and then to Boston, Mass., where he joined the 55th
Massachusetts Infantry. Smith was posthumously awarded the Medal of
Honor by President Bill Clinton in 2001. Martin Delany, a recruiter,
was one of the very few African-Americans who became officers during
the Civil War. He once met with Lincoln to discuss the role of black
Smith is portrayed by his grandson, Andrew Bowman. Delany is
portrayed by Khabir Shareef of the Storyteller's Drum from
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And at 3 o'clock, Cathy Mosley presents "A New Home in Sangamon," a
look at the lives of immigrants settling in Sangamon County during
the 1860s. Mosley brings 26 years of performing experience to
delivering the stories of these settlers.
The traveling exhibit
"To Kill and to Heal: Weapons and Medicine of the Civil War" will be
on display in the Lincoln Tomb's rotunda throughout September. This
exhibit was produced by the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and
Museum and is sponsored with the Looking for Lincoln Heritage
The events are sponsored by the Lincoln Monument Association and
the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, which operates the
Tomb. The tomb, along with the state's World War II, Korean War
and Vietnam War Memorials, is in Springfield's Oak Ridge Cemetery,
1500 Monument Ave. All are open daily for free tours.
[Text from file received from the
Illinois Historic Preservation Agency]