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Lincoln's Home Becomes a Shrine

 
 
Lincoln's Home Becomes a Shrine Marker image. Click for full size.
By Beverly Pfingsten, June 16, 2011
1. Lincoln's Home Becomes a Shrine Marker
Inscription. Lincoln understood the importance of making his image available for the presidential campaign. Springfield photographer Preston Butler captured several likenesses of Lincoln during the 1860 election.

Lower Left
Ambrotype of Abraham Lincoln, 1860 by Preston Butler

The portrait painter who commissioned this image of Lincoln later wrote: There are so many hard lines in his face, that it becomes a mask to the inner man. His true character only shines out when in an animated conversation, or when telling an amusing tale.

Inset
Photographs of the Next President --- P. Butler of this city, has a number of photograph likenesses of Hon. Abraham Lincoln. He will well them for one dollar each. Persons at a distance will have to send a one cent stamp (in addition to the price for the likeness) for every photograph ordered.
Illinois State Journal, May 24, 1860

Center
Lincoln Home by John Adams Whipple, 1860

Young Issac Diller, whose blurred figure appears on the street corner (center front) later recalled the moment when he posed with Lincoln, Willie, and Tad (left to right behind fence).
I ran across the street from my aunt's house to get in a free picture with the Lincolns, but I turned my head at the wrong moment to look at a farm wagon. Only the stripes on my socks and my boots

Left side of marker image. Click for full size.
By Beverly Pfingsten, June 16, 2011
2. Left side of marker
showed up.

Right Side
Republican Rally, by William Shaw, 1860
Lincoln offered the use of his own basement to serve as the darkroom for the development of this photograph. Issac Diller, the young neighbor and playmate of the Lincoln boys, later recalled that he "witnessed this parade...and all say wore a blue ribbon with a picture of Abraham Lincoln pasted on it."
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Lincoln Home National Historic Site marker series.
 
Location. 39° 47.829′ N, 89° 38.712′ W. Marker is in Springfield, Illinois, in Sangamon County. Marker is at the intersection of 8th Street and Jackson Street on 8th Street. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Springfield IL 62701, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Charles Corneau House (a few steps from this marker); Charles Arnold House (a few steps from this marker); Julia Sprigg House (within shouting distance of this marker); Mary Lincoln's Circle of Friends (within shouting distance of this marker); Sarah Cook House (within shouting distance of this marker); Allen Miller House (within

Center of marker image. Click for full size.
By Beverly Pfingsten, June 16, 2011
3. Center of marker
shouting distance of this marker); Harriett Dean House (within shouting distance of this marker); Daily Life in 1860 (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Springfield.
 
Also see . . .  Lincoln's Home - National Park Service. (Submitted on October 14, 2011, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.)
 
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By Beverly Pfingsten, June 16, 2011
4. Right side of marker
Lincoln's Home Today image. Click for full size.
By Beverly Pfingsten, June 16, 2011
5. Lincoln's Home Today
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 335 times since then and 13 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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