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    Abraham Lincoln: An Important Presentation Cane Made of Wood from Lincoln's Log Cabin. In 1830, Lincoln's father, Thomas Lincoln, brought his family including Abraham from Indiana to a new home in Macon County, Illinois. Already residing in the area was the family of Lincoln's cousin, Dennis Hanks, including his son John. The morning after the Lincolns' arrival, John Hanks escorted them to a site on the Sangamon River south of Harristown, not far from his father's farm. Hanks had originally intended to build a cabin for himself on that site and had even cut the logs for it, but was unable to get the sod broken and so decided to settle in Hickory Point. The logs were still there, and Hanks offered them to the Lincolns to build their own cabin. They erected a 16 x 16 foot main cabin on the site, as well as a barn and smokehouse, all of hewn logs. Of course young Abraham helped to build the cabin and subsequently split enough rails to enclose about ten acres of ground for planting, from which came his famous nickname "The Railsplitter."

    This walking stick has an ornate gold-finish head, which is engraved on both top and side. The side reads "A stick from the log cabin built by A. Lincoln, J. and D. Hanks, in Macon County, Illinois. A.D. 1830." The top is engraved "Wm. B. Mills from J. & D. Hanks" (John and Dennis, son and father). William Mills was a known historical figure who moved from Indiana to Charleston, Illinois in 1845. Mills was clearly a prominent citizen, as he was elected Worshipful Master of the Charleston Masonic Lodge the following year. Upon Lincoln's assassination in 1865, the Lodge supported a statewide Masonic resolution denouncing the assassination and the president's assassin, and subsequently made a generous donation to the Lincoln National Monument Fund. While there is no historical record of Mills' involvement at that time, these activities may well have occasioned the presentation of this cane to him by Lincoln's kinsmen. By oral tradition it descended through the Mills family until recently, when it was obtained by the previous owner.

    This wonderful Lincoln association item is in beautiful condition save for one small dent in the top, and has a very impressive display presence. Length 34.5".


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    May, 2009
    13th-14th Wednesday-Thursday
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