Following in Lincoln's Footsteps: A Complete Annotated Reference to Hundreds of Historical Sites Visited by Abraham Lincoln (Illinois)

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From attorney Lincoln's law offices to the presidential Oval Office, from the address in Springfield, Illinois, where he made up with Mary Todd after a premarital spat, to the window he jumped out of to avoid a quorum call in the Illinois General Assembly, to the spot where he heard the news of Robert E. Lee's surrender—this unprecedented volume takes readers there. It also answers dozens of lingering questions about Lincoln's life as it sifts for the truth among the many disputes that continue to rage among scholars. A longtime member of notable Lincoln societies, Ralph Gary has scoured county courthouse records and the writings of Lincoln's contemporaries as well as thousands of other books written on Lincoln's life and work to compile the most complete and up-to-date guide to Lincoln historical sites ever published. Included in the book are detailed maps showing Lincoln's travels, so that students of the Civil War and Lincoln buffs can retrace history by walking in the footsteps of one of America's most popular presidents. "By far the most comprehensive and useful guide ... well researched, beautifully written, and a much-needed reference."—Rhode Island Supreme Court Chief Justice Frank J. Williams, Chair, The Lincoln Forum "[For] every Lincoln enthusiast ...a map of Lincoln's path through life ... a delightful review of the way he lived it."—Harold Holzer, author of Dear Mr. Lincoln

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"Ralph Gary's guide to all of the sites relating to Abraham Lincoln is by far the most comprehensive and useful guide for those who study Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War. I know this to be true as I have used it in preparing for a tour of Lincoln sites in Illinois. It is well-researched, beautifully written, and a much needed reference work in the field of Lincoln studies." --Rhode Island Supreme Court Justice Frank J. Williams, Chair, The Lincoln Forum

"Far more than a mere guidebook to historic sites, Ralph Gary's exhaustively researched volume is a captivating biography of Lincoln, taking him from Kentucky to Indiana to Illinois to Washington and vividly reminding readers of all the towns and cities he visited, even briefly, along the way. Engagingly written and well organized, the book belongs in the glove compartment or bookshelf of every Lincoln enthusiast who wants either a map of Lincoln's path through life, or a delightful review of the way he lived it." --Harold Holzer, Co-Chair, U. S. Lincoln Bicentennial Commision and auhtor of DEAR MR. LINCOLN

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RALPH GARY is an attorney, a charter member of the Lincoln Forum, a member of the Abraham Lincoln Association and the Surratt Society. He lives near Forth Worth, Texas.

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