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Samuel Spotts – Drowned in James River at Harrison’ Landing, Virginia

| June 14, 2014

Military and pension records for Samuel Spotts (1841-1862), who is also found in the records as Samuel Spatz,  indicate that he died by drowning in the James River, Virginia, on 7 July 1862 at Harrison’s Landing. Samuel was a member of the 35th Pennsylvania Infantry (also known as the 6th Pennsylvania Reserves) and had been […]

Charles T. Palmer – Resident Surgeon at Wills Eye Hospital, 1864-1865

| April 25, 2014

A biographical sketch of Charles T. Palmer, M.D., appeared in the Biographical and Portrait Cyclopedia of Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, published in 1893, and was authored by Samuel T.  Wiley.  It is presented below in slightly modified form.  Previously, a post on this blog featured his father, Robert M. Palmer, who was Abraham Lincoln’s Ambassador to […]

Robert M. Palmer – Lincoln’s Minister to Argentina

| April 10, 2014

A biographical sketch of Robert M. Palmer appeared in the Biographical and Portrait Cyclopedia of Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, published in 1893, and was authored by Samuel T.  Wiley.  It is presented below in slightly modified form.  It tells the story of the minister President Abraham Lincoln appointed to Argentina. The Hon. Robert M. Palmer was […]

Best of 2013: The Lincoln Flag Hoax

| December 27, 2013

“The Lincoln Flag Hoax“, first published on 21 December 2012, was one of the conclusions to a long series on the Lincoln assassination that appeared throughout 2012.   The series took the reader through a chronology of events that supposedly took place at and after the Lincoln assassination and included characters Laura Keene, Jeannie Gourlay, William […]

Abraham Lincoln on Stamps – The Bicentennial Issues of 2009

| December 7, 2013

Stamps honoring the 200th anniversary of the birth of Abraham Lincoln were issued by the United States Postal Service on 9 February 2009. The stamps were issued in four designs, each showing a scene from Lincoln’s life and career along with a larger portrait of Lincoln at either the left or right side of the […]