While it might be possible to dismiss as relatively insignificant any homosexual conduct by Lincoln as a young man on the Illinois frontier, a pattern of such activity across the decades would mean that our entire vision of the man would have to be revised, if only because of the myriad deceptions this would have entailed by a man who is still known, after all, as Honest Abe. For it manages to be about more than that question, even as it notes its legitimacy. In this passage, as throughout Chamberlin's book, the tone and phrasing suggests that Chamberlin was relying upon recent sources—an oral source in this case—not upon notes from the past. The girls he had tried on every side, But none he could get to agree; All was in vain, he went home again, And since that he's married to Natty. First, the two sources appear to be independent, which is normally taken as a strong argument in favor of reliability. Johnson notes that the strong similarity in style and content of the Fox and Chamberlin accounts suggests that, rather than being two independent accounts of the same events as Tripp claims, both were based on the same report from a single source.
This is a very smart and kind piece of writing performed by actors well aware that real human lives be they of the 21st century or the 19th have to play out amid any drama of American politicized historicism.
Did Abraham Lincoln Sleep with His Bodyguard? Another Look at the Evidence
Lincoln wrote to a friend in But of all of these performances, the one I most enjoyed for its freshness and warmth came from Lane Flores, playing the questioning hero's best friend. Chamberlin wrote in his book, History of the One Hundred and Fiftieth Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteers, Second Regiment, Bucktail Brigadethat among the officers in the regiment, "Captain Derickson, in particular, advanced so far in the President's confidence and esteem that, in Mrs. Lincoln was married to Mary Todd from November 4,until his death on April 15,and fathered four children with her. Abraham Lincoln Sexuality of individuals. Crotzer, in some cases providing information that only the captain could have supplied. University of South Carolina Press,
She was also a near contemporary of Virginia Fox, having been born aboutand, like Fox, was closely linked by birth and marriage to many naval officers, political figures, and other notables. There is what might be called circumstantial evidence: Yet, so recent is Tripp's book that few Lincolnists have had the chance, or perhaps the inclination, to present a sustained response in print. This poem was included in the first edition of the biography of Lincoln by his friend and colleague William Herndon. Scholar Douglas Wilson claims that Lincoln as a young man displayed robustly heterosexual behavior, including telling stories to his friends of his interactions with women. Chamberlin's account shows some interest in Lincoln's emotional state, but the passage is still rendered in such a way that it is Derickson who is the agent of the verb, that is, Derickson is still the focus of attention: