Shelbyville Daily Union

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September 6, 2013

Thomas Lincoln honored for military service

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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.

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