Using Google Earth to Tour the Lincoln Assassination
You know that I am a huge fan of Google Earth. Lately I have really enjoyed creating tours of various locations like the Rose Woods and Devil’s Den in Gettysburg. With the 150th anniversary of the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln, I thought I would offer a Google Earth tour of the events surrounding the assassination.
The tour focuses on the last days of President Lincoln and his killer, the famed actor John Wilkes Booth.
You can download the KMZ (zipped) file for yourself and enjoy the tour. If you’d like to open the file on your iPad, use this KMZ link.
You can read my other posts about the Lincoln Assassination HERE, HERE and HERE.
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.
Washington, December 23, 1862.
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.
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 […]
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 email@example.com Follow Me on Twitter Music is by the Mark Ferguson and is used with permission. Subscribe in iTunes SHOW NOTES: Today […]
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 […]
Just a quick post today to share that I was asked to write a guest blog post for the National Museum of American History’s blog. The post is entitled, “Exploring the Gettysburg Address with Kids” and it was a great experience working with the staff at the Museum and exploring their resources. Please check it […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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, […]
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 […]
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 […]
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, […]
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 […]
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. […]
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 […]