Category: Pre War


John Wilkes Booth Witnesses the Hanging of John Brown

On November 2nd, 1859, abolitionist John Brown was sentenced to be hanged for treason, murder, and fomenting insurrection for leading a small band of men in an attempt in October to seize the federal...


The Mary Todd Lincoln House in Lexington Kentucky

Mary Todd Lincoln was born in Lexington, Kentucky on December 13th, 1818, to Robert Smith Todd and Elizabeth Parker Todd. Robert was a prominent businessman who also was active in politics in Lexington. In...


Lieutenant Adam Slemmer Refuses to Surrender Fort Pickens

While the Federal garrison at Fort Sumter in Charleston Harbor was awaiting reinforcement or evacuation in the winter and spring of 1861, a similar drama was playing out in Pensacola, Florida. Three forts provided...