Lincoln’s River

Illustration by Gloria Su

In 1830 the Lincoln family moved from Indiana to Decatur Illinois, roughly 100 steps from the Sangamon River. Later Lincoln resettled in New Salem area in old Sangamon County (partially within Menard County now). Sangamon River represented opportunity to a young Lincoln, providing a chance to pilot his own flatboat to New Orleans with his cousin John in March 1831. This experience created a sobering first impression of the South and slavery that would remain with him forever. This illustration is drawn by very talented young artist Gloria Su from the village of Chatham, a recent GHS graduate. Gloria is attending a state university on art scholarship. We want to thank Gloria for helping us in an artistic way to tell the story of Lincoln.

Untold Stories at Old Concord

On a recent Sunday my pal Mark Bennett and I made a special field trip to visit Old Concord Cemetery, one of the local historical landmarks, was the first of the early cemeteries in old Sangamon County, Illinois, the area is now within Menard County. The landscape around the cemetery is breathtaking and beautiful! It is said that Abe Lincoln’s first lover Ann Rutledge’s original grave was at Old Concord. Now we see a fairly new stone marker. On one side along with the dates of her birth and death (June 7, 1813-August 25, 1835) it reads, “Where Lincoln Wept.” Ann Rutledge’s father, James, was one of the founders of New Salem, he was also buried here. There are many markers in Lincoln-era. We wonder when more stories and history would unfold for us to learn. This is absolutely a great place to visit for people who are interested in Lincoln’s times.

It is very interesting to find that Dave Bakke wrote a very good report about Old Concord Cemetery and published by the State Journal Register ten years ago, you can read it at

Summer reading: Lincoln on Leadership

I was at the Lincoln Presidential Museum and Library last Saturday, I spotted this book and loved it. “Lincoln Leadership – Executive Strategies for Tough Times” authored by Don Phillips, is the first book to examine Abraham Lincoln’s diverse leadership abilities and how they can be applied to the complex world today. I enjoyed reading the book and found it valuable and very useful for anyone who wishes to be a leader of all times and ages. You can also purchase the book at