Abraham Lincoln was born on February 12th, 1809. His begins were humble, his education basically what he taught himself and he wasn’t the happiest man on earth. He had a sense of right from wrong and used that to his advantage but his best quality may have been that he listened to others. It doesn’t mean that he always agreed, but he listened. Since his roots came from the common man he could relate to them and never thought himself better than anyone else. Lincoln was shot on April 14th, 1865 as the Civil War was winding down. In death, he may have accomplished even more than he did in life. We celebrate his birthday as much for who he was as what he became.
How to celebrate – Remember Lincoln today. Research why he did what he did, you might be surprised with the answers. Watch a movie about Lincoln.
Today is the day that Lincoln gave his famous Gettysburg Address to dedicate a national cemetery to those men who died in early July, both defending their country and trying to save a way of life. You can pick your side, both had their merits, both had their faults. It seems like there is a lot today that we want to try to forget, or erase from history but the truth is, history has brought us to where we are today, good or bad. And that’s what Lincoln was trying to say. Often it takes terrible things happening to teach us lessons we needed to learn, if we block them out like they never existed, then we have not learned the lesson history offers. Four score and seven years earlier our forefathers created the land Lincoln knew. It wasn’t perfect but it was better than most places and because we did learn our lessons we have made it all that better since. Don’t forget history because it is likely to repeat itself because of our ignorance.
How to celebrate – Read all of Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address. Study the causes of the Civil War.
If it was good enough for our forefathers it should be good enough for us! At least Virginia Handy and the Bad Axe Historical Society think so having created today on June 25th, 1986. In the old days living in a log cabin was, well, about the only choice you had if you were traveling west. Wood was plentiful and probably the easiest way to build. But as we progressed and learned to use different materials and to cut the wood into sheets, we began to get further and further away from log cabins. But as with most things, what’s old is new again, and log cabins have started to become popular again. With all the cranes and bulldozers today the process is really easy but think of the effort required by the settlers. It all had to be done by hand, cutting down the tree, shaping it and putting it in place. Now there is something to admire.
How to celebrate – Visit some log cabins. Buy a log cabin. Dress like Abraham Lincoln for the day.
Lincoln was one of the few president’s that nearly everybody agrees was among the top (maybe not so much in the south). He was one of the good ol’ boys, but with a brain. He also lived one of the sadder lives known to any of the presidents.
Born on February 12th, 1809 his life did not stand out all that much before he was elected. He served in a militia unit during the Black Hawk War but never saw any action. He was a failed retailer and a slightly better than average farmer. He did excel at being a lawyer which is what finally got him noticed by those who made presidents back then. But it was his logic and wit that won the day, not his brute force or winning.
John Wilkes Booth saw to his demise on April 14th, 1865, after the war had come to an end practically speaking. It was “Good Friday” and Ford’s Theater was packed since so many had heard the President would be attending. There are dozens of conspiracy theories floating around about who really did what, but the end results are the same.
How to celebrate – read about Lincoln’s life. Throw a birthday party in his honor. Read about the belief that Lincoln was secretly a vampire killer.
Today we are thankful for all the blessings we have received in life. For our families, our friends, and our homes. And we should be since there are so many that do not have any of those things. They should never be taken for granted or accepted on face value. It is a time to celebrate those most important to us, and remember those less fortunate.
There is much ado about the Pilgrims and Indians in Plymouth in 1621 when the first Thanksgiving is generally believed to have taken place. That may, or may not be true, but that is not the point. It was two warring people who finally decided to become friends. It didn’t last for long though, but it started people thinking differently about their enemies.
That continued when Lincoln proclaimed the day in 1863 or 64. We were in the middle of a Civil War and yet we still had a lot to be thankful for. Now, the idea of celebrating Thanksgiving was not new, but setting it on a date when everyone would take part on the same day, was a new idea. It had been celebrated in late September or October in different states. Lincoln proclaimed the 4th Thursday of November as the date for Thanksgiving. It did not catch on everywhere for a while but it was a start.
Finally in 1941, Congress made Thanksgiving, the 4th Thursday in November, a national holiday (all that Lincoln had already proclaimed but now official). Stop and look around at some point today and look at all the things, and people, you have to be thankful for. You won’t regret it.
How to celebrate – Enjoy your family. Enjoy your friends. Stop reading this blog and go eat!
Today is Presidents Day, the day when every mattress in America goes on sale! Guess that’s because we are nearly all allowed to sleep in since it’s a Federal holiday. Well, that is except for the people that sell the beds and have to get to work extra early.
Seriously though, this is the day we celebrate all those who have been President of the Untied States. Originally it was set on Washington’s birthday, February 22nd (1879 set by Congress), but due to retailers across the country, the date was switched to a time between Lincoln’s birthday, February 12th and Washington’s birthday, or the third Monday in February (1968 amended by Congress).
A recent poll finds that most American’s believe that Abraham Lincoln was the best President. He certainly was one of the most tested Presidents and someone who seemed to want to be anything but President. He dealt with the Civil War and kept the country moving forward. Most around him wanted to end the war, Democrats hated him, and Copperheads thought he was a fool. But he persisted and not only won the war but freed the slaves at the same time, something both of the other parties would have left in place if they had their way.
Some presidents are loved, some are hated. Might as well face it, not everyone is going to agree with who should be president. That’s part of being a Republic. We chose our leaders based on what the country is going through at the moment. High ideals give way to needs and safety. Well intended or not, it is clear most Presidents do what they feel the public wants, what business demands, and what keeps us free.
Like them or not, agree with them or not, they assume a position most of us could not handle. Each has their own personality and each has their own agenda. Ranting and raving about who is President only weakens the country, it serves no other purpose, particularly when the choice is divided down the middle.
How to celebrate – See how many presidents you can name in order (I seriously doubt many will get past the 20th). Seriously decide what you would do if you were president about all the issues in the world today (don’t cheat by saying I’ll deal with that later because later may be today). Find something you can support about every president.
We all know that John Wilkes Booth shot and killed President Abraham Lincoln on April 14th, 1865. Most of us also know that he jumped from the presidential box onto the stage at Ford’s Theater and broke his leg before making his exit.
What may not be known is that he traveled south, thinking he would be a hero but found things drastically different. His leg hampered his progress so he stopped at a local doctor’s. known to have been a southern sympathizer. That doctor was Samuel Mudd.
Mudd was no fan of Booth’s either. By 1865 everyone was tired of war and knew that assassinating the beloved President would only cause the south to suffer even more. Still, Mudd did not report setting Booth’s leg and was arrested on April 26th as a co-conspirator. He escaped the death penalty by 1 vote and was imprisoned for life.
He was sent to Fort Jefferson in the Dry Tortugas, then a prison for many southerners and deserters. While there, he became the prisons doctor when yellow fever broke out among the population. He treated the prisoners with little help and won a pardon from President Andrew Johnson in 1869.
Mudd was born on December 20th, 1833. No one knows for sure whether Mudd was in league with Booth or not. It would appear he was not, but he never said one way or the other. Today is name is the source of saying someone’s “name is mudd”. Though it isn’t used much anymore it has kept Mudd’s name in front of the public longer than Booth’s.
How to celebrate – Read a book about Mudd and determine for yourself if he was guilty or not. Visit Fort Jefferson just off the coast of Florida. Mudd’s home in Virginia is a historical site, open for viewing.