Lecture: Lincoln and New Jersey by David Martin
7PM Monday, March 21, 2011
This talk will touch on several aspects of Abraham Lincolnís connections with New Jersey. It is not commonly appreciated that he had ancestors who lived here in New Jersey. The political climate of NJ will be summarized to explain why Lincoln failed to carry the stateís popular vote in either of his presidential campaigns (1860 and 1864). Some of the jokes he liked to tell about New Jersey will be presented and explained. Emphasis will be placed on the significance of his visit to the state in February 1861 on the way to his inauguration in Washington. Also included will be the stateís leader's reaction to how he ran the war, and in particular to our reaction to his assassination.
Dr. David Martin is President of the NJ Civil War Heritage Association, sponsor of the state's officially recognized NJ Civil War Sesquicentennial Committee. He has written over 25 books on the Civil War and has lectured extensively on President Lincoln and on various aspects of New Jersey in the war.
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