Abraham Lincoln was elected 16th president of the United States in March 1861, during a time of great upheaval. The big issue of the time was slavery, with Lincoln coming down firmly on the side of abolition.
In response a confederacy of southern states seceded from the US, sparking a civil war. Lincoln is credited with piloting the Union to victory and ending slavery in North America. Sadly he did not live to see the changes he enacted brought in. He was assassinated as he sat in a theatre box in Washington, DC on April 14, 1865.
Before he left for Washington, DC in 1861, Lincoln and his family lived at 413 South Eighth Street in Springfield. The house was built by Rev. Charles Dresser who married Abraham and Mary in November 1842.
Rev. Dresser sold the home to Lincoln in 1844 for $1500. In the mid 1850s, the home was raised to a full story residence.
These unique fragments of wallpaper come from Abraham and Mary Lincoln's bedroom at the north end of the second floor.
Future custodians of the house included Mrs Lincoln's nephew, Albert S. Edwards and his wife Mrs Mary Edwards Brown.
Mary removed and kept these wallpaper fragments after redecorating. In 1956 she sold them to Dorothy Kunhardt, daughter of Frederick Hill Meserve. Following Dorothy's death in 1979, her unique collection of Lincoln memorabilia was sold off.
The largest fragment here measures approximately 3 x 2.5 inches and the smallest measures approximately 1 x1 inch. It's an exceptional piece of Lincoln memorabilia. If only these walls could talk...
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