Shelbyville Daily Union

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September 6, 2013

Thomas Lincoln honored for military service

When Abraham Lincoln joined the military in 1832 and set off to protect settlers from angry Native Americans he was actually influenced by his father, Thomas Lincoln.

Thomas Lincoln was recognized this past Saturday morning, August 31, with an official marker put aside his grave for his military service during the War of 1812.

The ceremony took place at 11 a.m., about 8 miles outside Charleston in Lerna, at the Thomas Lincoln Cemetery which is near the Lincoln Log Cabin State Historic Site.

Cousins of Abraham Lincoln and descendants of the Hall and Hanks families gathered together as they honored Thomas Lincoln’s life.

The ceremony was presented by the Sangamon River Chapter of the National Society United States Daughters of 1812, and the Lincoln Log Cabin State Historic Site which is administered by the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency.

Lincoln received the marker by the U.S. Daughters of 1812 because he served time in the military between the years of 1784 and 1815.

Here’s just a little information on what Thomas Lincoln did as a member of the military:

In 1795, Lincoln served in a very young United States in a unit that defended Washington County, Ky., against Native Americans.

In 1805, Lincoln was nominated to serve as an ensign for Hardin County’s Third Regiment. He was liable for a call up in the Kentucky militia until his family moved to Indiana in 1816.

Details about his Kentucky military service were lost when Kentucky made room for Civil War documents by destroying records from earlier days.

Lincoln’s documents that covered his experience as an ensign lasted only because his nomination to serve as an officer went to the state’s governor for approval.

The Lincoln’s would move to Illinois in 1830 in Macon County near their Hanks relatives before moving to Coles County where he lived and farmed until his death on January 17, 1851.

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