The Children's Lincoln
Neighbor girl Josie Remann (left)was a favorite of Lincoln's. Once, on finding her in tears in front of her house, Lincoln ran all the way to the train station with her trunk on his shoulders because a carriage driver failed to come for it on time. To Lincoln's delight, Josie (right: later married a nephew of Mary Lincoln. Mary gave her dead son Eddie's clothes to Josie's brother, Henry Remann (center). Lincoln sometimes joined Henry and others in games of marbles and ball, and in putting up swinging ropes. Henry corresponded faithfully with his longtime friend Willie Lincoln while Willie lived in the White House.
Children seemed naturally fond of Abraham Lincoln,and he of them. "He had a rare insight into boy nature," related a former neighbor boy. He took uncommon pains to remember their faces and names. He told them whimsical stories. He patiently answered their questions and encouraged their natural curiosity. When he took his boys to the circus he also took neighbor children along. Neighbors recalled seeing troops of children running out to meet Lincoln when he came home for dinner. They would "gambol by his side," hold onto his long legs, and swing from his hands. Often he threw one of the smallest up onto his shoulder an gave the child a ride high above the others. Mischievous boys sometimes rigged a string
Birthday Parties for children were not common in Lincoln's day. That didn't stop Mary, however, from hosting a party in 1859 for Willie's ninth birthday. Mary shared evolving 19th-century attitudes about childhood and instilling proper social manners in children. Birthday parties in this period were formal affairs hosted in affluent homes by highly motivated mothers. "Some 50 or 60 boys and girls attended the gala," Mary reported, "I have come to the conclusion that they are nonsensical affairs." Neighbor boys like Isaac Diller(right) may not have liked the starched shirts and suits that etiquette required.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Looking for Lincoln marker series.
Location. 39° 47.906′ N, 89° 38.78′ W. Marker is in Springfield, Illinois, in Sangamon County. Marker is at the intersection of S, 7th Street and E, Capitol Ave. on S, 7th Street. Touch 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
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 20, 2011, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 364 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on October 20, 2011, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.