Threads From The National Tapestry: Stories From The American Civil War

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21 - “I Wish I Could Forget Myself” - Mary Ann Todd Lincoln

October 25, 2019

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About this episode: 

Three of her four children did not live to adulthood, and her husband was assassinated while he held her hand. If anyone ever deserved to be troubled, it was the wife of the sixteenth president. James Cornelius, curator of the Lincoln Collection at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library in Springfield, Illinois said simply: “She had the most tragic public life in American history.”

This is the story of the woman who once said, “I wish I could forget myself.”

This is the story of Mary Ann Todd Lincoln.

 

Some Characters Mentioned In This Episode: 

Elizabeth Todd Edwards

Stephen A. Douglas

Robert Todd Lincoln

William Henry Seward

Tad Lincoln

Elizabeth Keckley

 

Get The Guide:

Want to learn more about the Civil War? A great place to start is Fred's guide, The Civil War: A History of the War between the States from Workman Publishing. The guide is in its 9th printing.

 

Producer: Dan Irving