Category Archives: Mary Todd Lincoln

Good Friday: The Day Lincoln Died

       Today is the day that Lincoln died. It was on April 14, 1865—another Good Friday to be precise—that Abraham Lincoln, our sixteenth President, was murdered in cold blood.  Young Mary Brennan, an Irish immigrant only recently arrived to … Continue reading

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The Booth Conspiracy: How Wide Was It?

On Good Friday, April 14, 1865, Abraham Lincoln was assassinated by John Wilkes Booth; that much is not in dispute.  Twelve days later, Booth was tracked down and fatally wounded in a burning barn on the Garrett farm in northern … Continue reading

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Christmas, 1864. A Union Christmas: Washington, D.C. Civil War Christmas, Part 10

Christmas 1864, Washington D.C.   If things were looking gloomy for Varina Howell and her “Jeffie” in Richmond, across the Potomac in Washington it was quite the opposite that December. That Fall, General Sherman had begun his famous (or infamous) march through Georgia, … Continue reading

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Mary and the Mediums: Fact or Fallacy?

Ever since President Lincoln’s murder–some would say martyrdom– there have been those who have wanted to re-cast Abraham Lincoln in their image, especially when it cam to his spiritual beliefs. No soon was the President’s body cold, than herds of fundamentalist … Continue reading

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Gettysburg: Civil War Ghost Central

“In great deeds something abides. On great fields something stays. Forms change and pass; bodies disappear, but spirits linger, to consecrate ground for the vision-place of souls.” –Colonel Joshua Chamberlain, 20th Maine For Civil War buffs in general, and those … Continue reading

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The Paranormal Presidency of Abraham Lincoln

  In my recent book, The Paranormal Presidency of Abraham Lincoln, (Schiffer Press) I document in depth Abraham Lincoln’s beliefs and practices regarding the supernatural.  Although Lincoln’s fascination with the paranormal has been talked about by historians such as Carl … Continue reading

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Ulysses and Julia Grant: Paranormal Partners

It’s interesting to observe how serious researchers will often ignore evidence right before their eyes–evidence they don’t wish to see, that is. In the case of Ulysses S. Grant and his wife Julia Dent Grant, both husband and wife mention … Continue reading

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Christmas 1863: “Ought it not be merry Christmas?” A Civil War Christmas, Part 7

1863 was a pivotal year for all, even if many, North and South, could not see it yet. During the summer, the North had made three stunning victories, all at the same time: on the Fourth of July Grant took … Continue reading

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