Not in the clamor of the crowded street, not in the shouts and plaudits of the throng, but in ourselves, are triumph and defeat.--Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

REDIRECT ALERT! (Scroll down past this mess if you're trying to read an archived post. Thanks. No, really, thanks.)

Due to my inability to control my temper and complacently accept continued silliness with not-quite-as-reliable-as-it-ought-to-be Blogger/Blogspot, your beloved Possumblog will now waddle across the Information Dirt Road and park its prehensile tail at http://possumblog.mu.nu.

This site will remain in place as a backup in case Munuvia gets hit by a bus or something, but I don't think they have as much trouble with this as some places do. ::cough::blogspot::cough:: So click here and adjust your links. I apologize for the inconvenience, but it's one of those things.

Monday, January 05, 2004

Hey, even Honest Abe has a blog!

Web Site Looks at Abe Lincoln's Life
By CHRISTOPHER WILLS, Associated Press Writer

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Abraham Lincoln's life wasn't all war and slavery and preserving the union.

Even the Great Emancipator bought socks, talked to friends about their love lives and got bogged down in paperwork — a fact made clear by a new Web site that records his life in exacting detail.

"The Lincoln Log: A Daily Chronology of the Life of Abraham Lincoln" lists almost everything known about the 16th president's activities.

Visitors can find out what he was doing on a particular date (he spent Jan. 3, 1845, successfully arguing a case before the Illinois Supreme Court) or by searching on key words ("slave" produces 156 results). The site also lets you browse through the years randomly.

A day-by-day look at the president's life has been available in book form since 1960. Now the state Historic Preservation Agency's "Papers of Abraham Lincoln" research project has put the information online at http://dev.stg.brown.edu/projects/lincoln and will be updating it as new facts come to light.

"Lincoln has such a mythical property to him. What I like about this log is that it shows him being human," said John Lupton, assistant director of the project. "He didn't do great things every day of his life."

One entry, for his birthday in 1844, shows Lincoln spending 13 cents on socks for his infant son, Robert.

Another reveals Lincoln writing to a friend who was nervous about getting married. Lincoln advised him to forget logic and focus on his love for the bride. "Candidly," he wrote, "were not those heavenly black eyes, the whole basis of all your early reasoning on the subject?" [...]
Heh. Indeed.

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