As we celebrate the 200th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's birth, we can also celebrate a truly historic discovery--a photograph (bottom) that shows the 16th president only two days after his second inauguration.
As reported here, this story is truly fascinating. The newly discovered image is one of three that were taken by photographer Henry F. Warren on March 6, 1865. Scholars have long known that Warren made three shots of Lincoln that day--two of which were portraits shot on the White House balcony ( top). The other shot, however, was never found.
It was finally located in the personal photo album of Ulysses S. Grant. The discovery was made by Grant's great-great-great grandson, Ulysses S. Grant VI (who knew?) after he began to wonder about a blurry photo showng a very tall man. (Lincoln, at six-feet four-inches was our tallest president.) What an amazing tale of history!--David Schonauer