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(Copy of letter received from D. Leigh Henson)
The research I did in 2007-2008 for the re-enactment of Abraham
Lincoln's first namesake city "monster" rally and stump speech the
day after the last Lincoln-Douglas debate also led to my proposal
for the Lincoln statue project now underway. Since then, I have done
more research on Lincoln statues, including Max Bachman's Lincoln
statue in the rotunda of the Logan County Courthouse. In my article
titled "Max Bachman's Lincolns," I explain that his Lincoln statue
is actually a hybrid: the body is modeled from Saint-Gaudens' famous
1887 Standing Lincoln in Chicago's Lincoln Park, while the
head and shoulders were Bachman's original work.
I have found only two photos of Abraham Lincoln taken during the
Lincoln-Douglas debates: one by Calvin Jackson on October 1, 1858,
just before the fifth debate (at Galesburg) and one by William J.
Thompson on October 11, 1858, just two days before the sixth debate
(at Quincy). The Quincy photo, then, was taken just five days before
Lincoln's rally and two-hour speech in Lincoln, Illinois, on October
[to top of second column in this letter]
Of possible interest to current and
former Lincolnites is a composite image (attached)
that I created to compare those two photos with the head and
shoulders of the clay model of the Lincoln statue by David Seagraves
recently announced and the head and shoulders of the Bachman Lincoln
statue in the rotunda of the Logan County Courthouse.
You will notice several
striking similarities between the Oct. 1 photo by Jackson and
I have published this composite image at
#1858LincolninPhotosandSculpture. This Web page also has a link
to my article titled "Max Bachman's Lincolns," under "References and
Other Sources" as well as photos of all other Lincoln statues in
Lincoln and a log of news reports of the progress on the Lincoln
statue in Lincoln project.
D. Leigh Henson, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus of English at Missouri State University,
March 08, 2013]
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