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Lincoln Letter to McCullough

by fifer1863 on December 21, 2013

President Abraham Lincoln wrote this touching letter of condolence to the daughter of his long-time friend, William McCullough. During Lincoln’s law circuit days, McCullough was sheriff and clerk of the McLean County Circuit Court in Bloomington, Illinois. Early in the Civil War he helped organize the Fourth Illinois Cavalry, which he served as Lieutenant Colonel. On December 5, 1862, he was killed during a night charge near Coffeeville, Mississippi.

Executive Mansion,
Washington, December 23, 1862.

Dear Fanny

It is with deep grief that I learn of the death of your kind and brave Father; and, especially, that it is affecting your young heart beyond what is common in such cases. In this sad world of ours, sorrow comes to all; and, to the young, it comes with bitterest agony, because it takes them unawares. The older have learned to ever expect it. I am anxious to afford some alleviation of your present distress. Perfect relief is not possible, except with time. You can not now realize that you will ever feel better. Is not this so? And yet it is a mistake. You are sure to be happy again. To know this, which is certainly true, will make you some less miserable now. I have had experience enough to know what I say; and you need only to believe it, to feel better at once. The memory of your dear Father, instead of an agony, will yet be a sad sweet feeling in your heart, of a purer and holier sort than you have known before.

Please present my kind regards to your afflicted mother.

Your sincere friend
A. Lincoln

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Gettysburg Address Live Stream

by fifer1863 on November 19, 2013

Check out the live stream of the 150th Anniversary Event:

Watch live streaming video from encompass at livestream.com

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Dickinson College, Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History to Offer
Online Course on Abraham Lincoln
 

“Understanding Lincoln” is designed especially for K-12 educators seeking graduate-level credit and ideas for teaching the new Common Core State Standards 

(Carlisle, Pa.) – Dickinson College, in partnership with the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, will offer K-12 educators as well as American Civil War enthusiasts a unique opportunity to explore the life, leadership and legacy of Abraham Lincoln through an online journey titled “Understanding Lincoln.” Available for graduate credit, or as a free course for personal enrichment, the course blends online seminars and virtual field trips with opportunities for in-depth discussions with noted Lincoln scholar, author and educator Matthew Pinsker, associate professor of history at Dickinson.

The course begins on July 23, and concludes on Nov. 19, during the 150th anniversary commemoration of the Gettysburg Address. The course will culminate with live-streaming presentations from the historic Wills House in Gettysburg conducted by students from the course who will be invited to attend the ceremonies based on the quality of their final projects.

The abundance of multimedia materials and opportunities to access primary-source documents make “Understanding Lincoln” a web-based resource for social studies and English teachers to implement the Common Core State Standards, nationally developed state standards for learning.

“We are attempting something new in the world of online education, by making a graduate course in U.S. history not only open and online but also infused with liberal-arts values,” says Pinsker. “Our course will promote interaction with participants, not discourage it. Lincoln was perhaps the greatest self-made learner in American history, and we are aspiring to live up to his ideal. This will not be an exercise in merely watching videos and taking quizzes.”

Pinsker holds the Brian C. Pohanka ’77 Chair in American Civil War History at Dickinson College, where he also serves as the director of the House Divided Project, an online repository of digital American Civil War resources for K-12 and undergraduate classrooms. Since its 2011 public launch, House Divided has had more than 500,000 unique visitors. Pinsker is the author of “Lincoln’s Sanctuary” and the forthcoming “Boss Lincoln.” He has led numerous K-12 educator workshops for the Gilder Lehrman Institute and has been designated as a “Distinguished Lecturer” by the Organization of American Historians.

Course sessions will include live-streamed virtual field trips; live, interactive video seminars led by Pinsker; and discussion sessions led by pedagogy experts from the Gilder Lehrman Institute. The open section of the course is free and provides a certificate of completion for all participants who successfully finish a series of document-based assessments. There also is a limited-enrollment graduate section available for tuition-payers seeking a full master’s level course credit certified through an official transcript from Dickinson.

Graduate section participants will engage directly in the interactive seminars with Pinsker and will work under his supervision to create various research and writing assignments, including a major final multimedia project. Three students who submit the best final projects will be invited at no cost, including free travel and accommodations to attend the commemoration ceremonies on Nov. 19 at Gettysburg. They will present their work as part of a final live-streamed virtual field trip to Gettysburg that will conclude the online course.

For more information or to register, visit http://housedivided.dickinson.edu/sites/blogdivided/2013/05/28/register-today-for-understanding-lincoln-a-new-online-course/

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Teaching the Civil War Podcast Episode 9.5 – Happy Thanksgiving

November 23, 2011

      Thanks for staying subscribed to my podcast and I hope you enjoy listening. Just a short episode today to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving. Feedback on the show? email me at podcast@teachthecivilwar.com Follow Me on Twitter Music is by the Mark Ferguson and is used with permission. Subscribe in iTunes SHOW NOTES: Today […]

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Digital Historical Newspapers

May 9, 2011

While browsing my Delicious feed the other day, I came across the HistoryBuff.com website and found it very interesting and thought I’d share.  HistoryBuff.com is providing digitized versions of newspapers from throughout history.  According the the website the “site focuses primarily on HOW news of major, and not so major, events in American history were […]

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Abraham Lincoln Cartoons

February 14, 2011

I came across the following link and thought I would share: The HarpWeek website and has over 400 political cartoons on the Lincoln presidency.  You can view different people, symbols, topics, places or artists that had something to do with these cartoons.  You could easily have your students select one of the hundreds of cartoons […]

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A Thanksgiving Proclamation

November 25, 2010

Today is Thanksgiving and it is a holiday steeped in tradition. I wonder how many of you know that it was Abraham Lincoln who, on October 3, 1863, proclaimed “the last Thursday of November” as Thanksgiving Day. Another interesting bit of information is that a lady by the name of Sara J. Hale, the Editress […]

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Teaching the Gettysburg Address Part 2

November 20, 2010

In Part 1 of of this series we started to look at some of the key words and concepts in the Gettysburg Address.  Let’s continue our exploration by looking for some deeper meanings.  Let’s begin again with the Wordle of Mr. Lincoln’s Famous speech: If you look at the Wordle, the larger and bolder words […]

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Teaching the Gettysburg Address Part 1

November 18, 2010

I have talked about the Gettysburg Address in the past but during the 2010 Civil War Preservation Trust Teacher’s Institute I attended a session by Mr. Chuck Teague on Teaching the Gettysburg Address.  He has graciously given me permission to share some of his presentation with you.  This is the first of a three part […]

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The Lincoln Archive

July 17, 2010

During the recent ISTE Conference, I had the opportunity to meet Karen Needles who is the Director for the Lincoln Archives Digital Project (LADP). According the the website, “the Lincoln Archives Digital Project is providing unlimited access to the historic but fragile paper records of the administration of President Abraham Lincoln.”  This project is “identifying […]

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Lincoln Museum Podcast

January 14, 2010

Eric Langhorst is an 8th Grade History teacher from Illinois and is the host of the Speaking of History podcast.  Well, a while back he made a trip to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum and recorded a podcast of his thoughts on the museum. You can view pictures from his trip and listen to his […]

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Civil War era Presidential Elections

November 21, 2009

In this season of elections, I thought it would be interesting to share a website on Civil War era elections. Harper’s Weekly has created a website for researching historical elections from 1860 to 1912. According to the website, the Presidential Elections page features political cartoons from several different digital resource centers such as Harper’s Weekly, […]

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Image of Lincoln at Gettysburg

November 19, 2009

Since I have posted on The Gettysburg Address in the past, I thought I would share this USA Today headline article about a “new” image of Abe Lincoln at Gettysburg being found at the Library of Congress. The story discusses how an amateur historian was looking at photographs of the famous Gettysburg Address and found […]

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President Lincoln Using Technology

September 19, 2009

There is a very good book called Mr. Lincoln’s T-Mails by Tom Wheeler that I encourage everyone to read. The book discusses how President Lincoln used technology, in this case the telegraph, to stay connected with his troops in the field. In today’s technological society, the President knows exactly what is going on with his […]

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Civil War Sallie Visits Ford’s Theatre

July 5, 2009

Hi.  As you know I have a project called Civil War Sallie and she recently visited Fords Theater in Washington DC so I thought I would share her post here on my dad’s blog. I just came back from a busy few days at the National Education Computing Conference in Washington D.C. While there, me, […]

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Lincoln Loved Learning

June 14, 2009

Here is another cool use of VoiceThread for your classroom. Melanie Lewis is an Instructional Technology Resource Teacher in Virgina and has created a webpage called Lincoln Loved Learning. Mrs. Lewis has taken several images from the life of Abraham Lincoln and combined them together with a narrative text using VoiceThread. These photographs depict various […]

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The Death of John Wilkes Booth

April 25, 2009

April 26th marks the day that John Wilkes Booth was shot in the neck and killed by a Union Calvary soldier while hiding in a barn on the farm of Richard Garrett near Bowling Green, Virginia. Photo of the Garrett farm from http://www.nps.gov/archive/foth/escapjwb.htm Since April 14th, Booth had spent many days feeling south into Virginia. […]

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Podcast from Ford’s Theater

April 16, 2009

Eric Langhorst is an 8th grade American History teacher in Liberty, Missouri and runs the Speaking of History podcast and blog. Eric has some great resources on his website for using Web 2.0 technologies into the teaching of History. Eric recorded the presentation of a National Park Service Ranger at Ford’s Theater in Washington, DC […]

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The Assassination of President Lincoln

April 15, 2009

On April 14, 1863, President and Mrs. Lincoln were attending a performance of “Our American Cousin” at Washington’s Ford’s Theater. As the Lincolns and their guests, Major Rathbone and his fiancee Clara Harris, watched the play John Wilkes Booth entered the presidential box and shot the president in the head. Here is an interview from […]

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On on the Lincoln Assassination

April 14, 2009

Special thanks to Dennis Lawrence of the Gettysburg Discussion Group for pointing out the following from Speaking about Lincoln and The Lincoln Log for April 14 ————————————————————————————————- Friday, April 14, 1865. Capt. Robert Lincoln arrives in Washington from scene of Gen. R. E. Lee’s surrender at Appomattox, Va., in time for 8 A.M. breakfast with […]

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