All Things Maine
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Thursday, February 15, 2007

Maine Woman Spotted Lincoln

While working at the National Archives in 1952, Portland native Josephine Cobb spotted a familiar face in an old photograph.
She took on the project of enlarging the photographs in Brady's collection in order to study them more closely. In one photo of a crowd gathered at Gettysburg on Nov. 19, 1863, she thought she saw someone she recognized.

Flanked by Gov. Andrew Curtin of Pennsylvania and presidential bodyguard Ward Hill Lamon was a hatless Abraham Lincoln. According to the Library of Congress, Cobb determined that the photo was taken around noon, about three hours before Lincoln gave his dedication to the Union soldiers' cemetery. To this day, the photograph remains the only one of Lincoln at the event. [Link]

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