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Lincoln’s Blackouts

Lincoln’s law partner, Herndon, described episodes when he’d find Lincoln sitting in a catatonic state from which he couldn’t be aroused. Often there’d be a book of poetry in his lap.

No one has any idea of what went on in Lincoln’s head during those episodes. He never talked about them.

One possibility is that were flashbacks of an earlier trauma that his body was defending himself against. That happens to people who suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Lincoln suffered several traumatic moments early on. At 7 he almost drowned, at 9 he suffered a life-threatening head injury, and months later helped bury his mother, at 10 his father left him and his sister to weather a brutal winter unattended and on the brink of starvation, as a teenager his father beat him often and when he was just past 20 his first love died. Lincoln’s emotional responses to these and other events are explored in Lincoln Raw-a biographical novel.

Maybe his psyche just went into overload from processing flashbacks of too many traumas at once.

Would we let someone with that much emotional baggage be President today?

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Lincoln Trivia Question #1

As I travel the country in coming months, promoting my new book, Lincoln’s Diary – a novel, I’ll be engaging readers with some tidbits about the real Abraham Lincoln. Focusing on some thngs they never told us in school. There will even be prizes for people who invest in some research to answer the trivia questions on my website.

So here’s some help on your research, one of the questions – and the answer:

What was the name of the boy who saved Lincoln from drowning in Knob Creek when he was just 7 years old?

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Some Lincoln Trivia Fun

Posted in Lincoln, Lincoln Trivia, Lincoln's Diary, My Books, Research by DLFowler on December 31, 2010

While I was researcing LINCOLN’S DIARY – a novel, I came across some intriguing tidbits about Mr. Lincoln. Below are some questions I developed for a trivia contest that I posted on a previous blog.  No contest this time, but see how many you can answer:

  1. What was the name of the boy who saved Lincoln from drowning in Knob Creek when he was just 7 years old?
  2. What was Abraham Lincoln’s official position on US Patent #6469, and what was the patent for?
  3. On January 20, 1841, Lincoln completed an aggressive medical treatment for a severe bout of depression.  What was his doctor’s name?
  4. At what age did Lincoln go hunting for the last time, and what animal did he shoot?
  5. Who read the read the Declaration of
    Independence in public at the Portsmouth, MA town square on July 4, 1860?
  6. First Lady Mary Lincoln celebrated the New Year of 1863 at a seance in the Georgetown home of Cranstoun Laurie.  What was the name (first and last) of the friend who accompanied her?
  7. Even though Mary Lincoln promised a close friend that she wouldn’t leave her husband while he was president, rumor has it that she almost eloped from the White House with another man.  Who was the man she allegedly planned to elope with from the White House?
  8.  Who said the following – “I see in the near future a crisis approaching that unnerves me, and causes me to tremble for the safety of our country. Corporations have been enthroned, an era of corruption will follow, and the money power of the country will endeavor to prolong its reign by working upon the prejudices of the people, until the wealth is aggregated in a few hands, and the republic is destroyed. “
  9. In March 1837 an acquaintance suggested to Lincoln that he become a lawyer.  What was the name of the person who urged Lincoln to become a lawyer?
  10. On June 8, 1864 Abraham Lincoln broke a 30 year tradition in American presidential politics.  What did he do?
  11. After Lincoln stopped riding the circuit in 1857, Metamora’s first resident lawyer moved to town. He lived in a two story colonial style house about a block from the town square. What was his name?