Shelbyville Daily Union

September 6, 2013

Thomas Lincoln honored for military service

Cody Delmendo For the Daily Union
Shelbyville Daily Union

---- — 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.

The ceremony was opened by Mary Payne Barringer, the President of the Sangamon River Chapter.

The posting of colors was done by the 17th Illinois Territorial Rangers from Fort La Motte.

After the saying of the Pledge of Allegiance, American’s Creed, a salute to the flag of 1812, and the singing of the star spangled banner the unveiling of the marker on the infamous grave site was done by Alyson Grady, Historic Sites Division Manager from the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency.

The Memorial Tribute took place afterwards with an introduction by Dr. Wayne Temple, Chief Deputy Director from the Illinois State Archives.

Finally, the ceremonies main event, a 20 minute speech given by historian James Siberell on Thomas Lincoln’s life and military service.

“He set a tone while he was in the military. A patriotic service,” said Siberell when asked about his opinion of Lincoln.

Siberell said he did research on the group of people who helped move the capitol from Vandalia to Springfield. Siberell learned that Lincoln was part of that group and that group was called the Long Nine.

This discovery set the tone for him to research more about Thomas Lincoln.

Flowers were placed on the grave site by the cousins of Abraham Lincoln and the Hanks family which then followed with a military salute made by the Fort LaMotte Rangers

To conclude the ceremony the retiring of colors was done by the Rangers with a gun salute.

Mathew Mittelstaedt, the site manager for the Lincoln Log Cabin, said they are waiting for the official marker to arrive.