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Lincoln studying by firelight by Joseph Boggs Beale
Lincoln studying by firelight by Joseph Boggs Beale


Welcome!  My name is Bill Nash and I’m so glad you stopped by.  Come on in to the blog and make yourself at home. Get acquainted with the site. It doesn’t matter if you’re an old friend of Mr. Lincoln or a stranger. Feel free to read what myself & others have posted and make a comment or two. You can even leave a post yourself! So get comfortable in your favorite chair and stay awhile. The life & legacy of Abraham Lincoln await you inside. Enjoy!

Feel free to email me @: b.nash@abesblogcabin.org

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82 comments so far


I find your love of Lincoln very intriguing. I love the part about him being wrongheaded :) I’m sure I could have used this site a time or two for school. Keep up the good work and keep those blogs coming.

December 14th, 2009 at 9:28 pm
Colleen Fairclough

Since I love poetry, I couldn’t resist the poems on Lincoln…very touching. Katherine Lee Bates was amazing…that she could write such poetry at the age of 5. Thanks, Bill! I’m hooked.

December 15th, 2009 at 2:23 am
B. Nash

So glad you enjoyed it. Katherine Lee Bates also wrote ‘America the Beautiful.’ :)

December 16th, 2009 at 8:52 am

Such a awesome site. I am saving this page.

December 17th, 2009 at 9:35 pm
B. Nash

I’m very pleased you find it worthy. I appreciate it!

December 18th, 2009 at 2:53 am

Wow, great site!

December 30th, 2009 at 12:54 am
B. Nash

Thank you!

December 30th, 2009 at 3:39 am

As always this is a wonderful site. Keep up the good work.

December 31st, 2009 at 3:44 am
Paul R

Just browsed by-glad I did. I’ve always been a Lincoln fan. Love your humor!

January 1st, 2010 at 2:02 am
B. Nash

Thank you for stopping in. Come back often!

January 1st, 2010 at 2:17 am

Came by for a visit. You’ve made a lot of progress.

January 1st, 2010 at 2:20 am

very nice I will visit it often.

January 3rd, 2010 at 7:19 pm
B. Nash

Thank you Aunt Joan. I have a lot more to post and will do so!

January 3rd, 2010 at 8:55 pm

Your site is great I will continue to visit!!!!

January 4th, 2010 at 10:50 pm
B. Nash

Thanks Jan!

January 5th, 2010 at 6:50 am
Reseller Hosting

Your blog keeps getting better and better! Your older articles are not as good as newer ones you have a lot more creativity and originality now keep it up!

January 5th, 2010 at 12:55 pm

Very interesting and fun site.

January 13th, 2010 at 6:40 pm

Heh nice, good work 😉

January 18th, 2010 at 9:12 pm

” B. Nash” as in previous ACT employee of DCI on McNichols????

February 10th, 2010 at 12:11 pm
B. Nash

That’s me!

February 11th, 2010 at 6:25 am
Colleen Fairclough

Regarding the Lincoln library & museum…
in the 1970’s when I was attending Andrews University, there was a faculty member who favored Lincoln so much, they could be twins. He would dress up like Lincoln in plays, parades or just for fun, to the amazement of everyone in the community. I’ll call the university & see if I can get one of their pictures.

February 24th, 2010 at 12:24 pm
B. Nash

Thank you for sharing that Colleen. i would love to hear more!

February 24th, 2010 at 3:11 pm

Thought I’d come back for my visit 😉

May 17th, 2010 at 7:42 pm

Love the page…..great info 😀

August 3rd, 2010 at 9:12 am

Here is the first part of Ghost Adventures- Gettysburg.


November 6th, 2010 at 7:43 am

Bill, I am working on my trip to Gettysburg and back through Detroit and I think I need some more specifics on where that pillar is that features Lincoln with Grant and Lee. I know where the Borglum bust is but where is the pillar in relation to that peice?

November 11th, 2010 at 1:41 pm
B. Nash

Thank you Nathan. The first installment is now posted. It is very spooky and fun!

November 11th, 2010 at 6:52 pm
B. Nash

Dave: When you are facing the Borglum Lincoln bust, the pylon is located to the right. You will see a building there. The pylons are located on a sidewalk next to the building. You’ll have to walk up to the building from the Lincoln bust which is set in a liitle valley of sorts. You’ll find it I’m sure.

November 13th, 2010 at 7:40 pm

Thanks Bill.
Out in Gettysburg this week attending the lincoln Forum. Starts tonight and runs thru thursday. For anyone who has an abiding interest in Lincoln the Forum is nirvana. Lots of speakers and a couple of hundred very interested and interesting people from all over the country.
By the way, if you ever get to Cleveland, make sure you get to the Soldiers and Silors Monument in downtown Cleveland. The relief sculptures inside feature Lincoln in two panels. They are somewht unknown. The only photos I have seen were wful pictures in book from the 1950’s. The inside of the monument has been completely restroed and is glorius. The statues on the outside are spectacular.
I’ll be blogging about my “Lincolning” trip this week and will post photos of some new Lincoln works when I get home next week.

November 16th, 2010 at 9:14 am
B. Nash

Sounds great. I have been planning a trip to Cleveland. I will be sure to check it out!

November 16th, 2010 at 9:32 pm

Bill, I got to Detroit and was able to get my pictures at the library and at the pillars. I went ouver to check out the Borglum too.
The statue in the library is nearly impossible to shot due to the way it is situated in front of the windows, I tried a couple of techniques i hope will work.

I even got out to the cemetery in Plymouth. What an interesting place.

November 29th, 2010 at 9:56 am
B. Nash

Dave: Glad you made it and saw all the sites! I had a really hard time shooting the Lincoln statue in the library as well.

November 30th, 2010 at 8:06 pm

I used a different technique to shoot in the library. Give me a few days and check my photo website to see pictures I took. I also did son checking and found some overall information on the pylons and the artist that did them. The entire work was dedicated in either 1949 or 1950 and the artist was Marshall Fredericks, now deceased.The sculptures on the pylons are there to commemerate historical military events significant to war veterans in Detroit from the founding of Detroit by Father Richard and the explorer Cadillac up to the end of WWII.

December 1st, 2010 at 11:56 am
B. Nash

Dave: great info. Thank you!

December 1st, 2010 at 1:45 pm
B. Nash

Dave: I added your photography web site as a link on my Lincoln blog. I think your work with the Lincoln statuary is outstanding and hope that everyone will take a look. They won’t be sorry!

December 1st, 2010 at 1:53 pm

Thanks, Bill.

December 2nd, 2010 at 2:03 pm
Dave Wiegers

Bill, I want to send you something. I thought I had your snail mail address but I guess I didn’t. Email me your mailing address.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

December 17th, 2010 at 6:36 pm
Michael Farrug


Just want you to know how much I enjoy your website. I keeps my interest peaked regarding Lincoln and the Civil War. It’s captivating as well as informative. My caution to those out there, is that you lose track of time while you are on it. I also find all the off shoots, such as Lincoln on a Star Trek episode intriquing, which I also enjoyed watching when I was younger.

Keep up the good work Bill and Merry Christmas and a joyous New Year.

December 19th, 2010 at 12:15 pm
B. Nash

Mike: So good to hear from you. Always glad when you stop at the cabin. I try and offer a variety of Lincoln posts-some serious-others lighthearted. I thought the Star Trek thing was cool. Sometines we need to chill out a little. It’s amazing how Lincoln is embedded into our culture and the popular media. Mike: Have a Merry Christmas yourself. Talk to you later.

December 19th, 2010 at 6:42 pm
Paul Ellis

I just discovered your site through a link from the NY Times on their “Disunion” series. I am a military history buff and have been engrossed in reading about the Civil War over the last several years. The more I learn about Lincoln the more I am amazed at what a great man and president he was – and how incredibly fortunate this nation is that he appeared and took office at the time that he did. It is also one of the great tragedies that he died when and how he did.
For a long time FDR has been my favorite president and personal hero, but Lincoln is catching up. It is some comfort that Lincoln at least lived to know that the war was won and the Union saved. I wish FDR had survived to the end of WWII and it rankles that he was outlived, by a couple of weeks, by Hitler, but of course, I know that FDR, and Lincoln, reside in peace now, and I know that Hitler’s current accommodations are somewhat warmer. But life and history is what it is.
Anyway, at first glance you have a beautiful site here and I look forward to perusing through it. Happy holidays.

December 25th, 2010 at 2:11 pm
B. Nash

Paul, What a wonderful thing to say! Welcome to my site! Ineresting that you mention FDR. He had very much looked to Lincoln for guidance and as a role model during his presidency. He quoted Lincoln often. Like Lincoln, he would not live to see the fruits of his effort to win the war. Your comments put me in a mind to make a posting in the future about the two. God bless and may you have a great new year.

December 25th, 2010 at 4:33 pm

what an awesome site… i love it.,

May 7th, 2011 at 12:37 pm

I just discovered your site through a link from link assistant its an interesting blog, I like it very much, thanks for sharing your passion

June 6th, 2011 at 4:54 pm

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June 17th, 2011 at 11:33 pm
Nate Nash

stopped in to see the updates. :). Love the site!!!!

Schessler, it’s your browser. K-meleon has problems with wordpress. Firefox is suggested for optimal performance.

July 17th, 2011 at 6:18 pm
Evelyn Respress

Why did Abe Lincoln Like the Eighth Circuit?

August 2nd, 2011 at 11:10 am
Evelyn Respress

Can you tell me the names of the 5 presidents that did not acknowledge there black ancestry, was Abe Lincoln one?

August 2nd, 2011 at 11:29 am
Evelyn Respress

awesome site, but do they really know how connected you are to Abe.

August 22nd, 2011 at 9:01 am
B. Nash

Hey Evelyn!
How are you? Always great to have you in Abe’s cabin. Thanks for stopping by. No, I guess they don’t!

August 22nd, 2011 at 1:38 pm

After examine a number of of the blog posts in your website now, and I really like your method of blogging. I bookmarked it to my bookmark web site listing and will likely be checking again soon. Pls try my website online as nicely and let me know what you think.

September 25th, 2011 at 9:25 am

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, Bill.

I enjoy reading the blog and apprecite the occasional mention.

December 20th, 2011 at 10:54 am
B. Nash

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and yours as well! Your phtographs of Mr. Lincoln at: http://dbwiegers.zenfolio.com/ are simply awesome. Keep up the great work my friend. Were you the one that beat me for that Ebay auction of the Lincoln statue last pm?

December 20th, 2011 at 11:20 am

Thanks. It was not me. I haven’t been buying much lately at all.

December 22nd, 2011 at 2:42 pm

I just discovered Abe’s Blog Cabin. I feel as if I’ve just come home…

January 24th, 2012 at 9:55 pm
B. Nash

Thank you so much! Welcome!

January 27th, 2012 at 10:25 am

Bill, are you familiar with the Lincoln on Horseback statue at Adrian College?? I was contacted by a professor there who reads my sporadic blog posts. Their version is only 4′ feet tall but claims the distinction of being the model from which the 14′ versions at New Salem, Midland, MI, Lincoln City, OR, Syracuse University and Palissades, NY were enlarged from. The statue is inside the college library.

February 6th, 2012 at 6:50 pm
B. Nash

Dave: Had no knowledge of it! Sounds like a future day trip. Thanks!

February 7th, 2012 at 11:30 am

I love Abe’s Blog Cabin! Your vivid telling of his story is appealing and exciting. Keep up the good work and thank you for sharing!

February 27th, 2012 at 7:20 pm

This is a fantastic site, would you be interested in making time for an interview regarding just how you designed it? If so e-mail me!

May 6th, 2012 at 2:46 am
B. Nash

Thank you. However, I didn’t design the site- a good friend of mine did.

May 6th, 2012 at 7:45 pm

Hope you are keeping cool Bill.

July 6th, 2012 at 3:55 pm
B. Nash

Hey Dave: Same to you :)

July 9th, 2012 at 9:45 am
Babs B

Hey Bill! This may be cooler than the origami $5. Love Daniel Day Lewis.

OSCAR WINNER Daniel Day-Lewis transforms into our 16th president in Steven Spielberg’s** long-in-the-works historical drama Lincoln, out November 9, and we have a first look!

Video: Bloody Fun & Tasty Temptations on ‘Lincoln’ Set **

Of the complicated historical character, Spielberg TELLS EW (where you can see the full-sized pic), “Lincoln had a very, very complicated — and at the same time, extremely clear — inner life. He thought things out. He talked things out. He argued both sides of every issue. And he was very careful in making any decision. As a matter of fact, his opponents and his enemies criticized him often for being impossibly slow to a decision.”

Lincoln focuses on the last four months of the president’s life and the political strategizing he undertook at the close of the Civil War to ensure that slavery would be forever outlawed. The film also stars David Strathairn as Lincolns loyal Secretary of State, William Seward; Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Gulliver McGrath as Lincolns sons, Robert and Tad; Sally Field as his wife Mary Todd Lincoln; and Tommy Lee Jones as Thaddeus Stevens, a radical member of Lincolns own party.


“Our movie is really about a working leader who must make tough decisions and get things done in the face of overwhelming opposition,” says Spielberg.

August 7th, 2012 at 4:14 pm
B. Nash

Good morning! Cool to hear from you on my blog! The Spielberg movie on Lincoln has been in the works now for years. It is finally going to happen! Communicating with a friend who has been on the set of the movie-apparently everything looks really authentic. Daniel-Day-Lewis studied Lincoln very hard for the role. From the looks of the picture-I think he became him. The buzz about Sally Field as Mary Lincoln is also very positive. Can’t wait!

August 8th, 2012 at 6:47 am

Thought you might be interested in this, its neat… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p8xAElZRFfg&feature=g-vrec

September 19th, 2012 at 7:50 am
B. Nash

Good morning Bee! Thanks for visiting the AbesBlogCabin! And thanks for that super video. I didn’t know how they were going to pull it off using the words of the Gettysburg Address-but they did!

September 19th, 2012 at 8:11 am

Okay, here is a different angle on the educational aspect of the 13th and 14th amendments..http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mFaneKtXvac&feature=relmfu..

October 2nd, 2012 at 12:56 pm
B. Nash

Thanks for sharing this Bee. Once again you made my day!

October 2nd, 2012 at 8:18 pm
Megan Hardgrave

New Author Megan Hardgrave is proud to announce the publication of Ride With the Assassin. A new historical fiction novel focusing on the Lincoln Assassination from a teenage witness perspective. The plot revolves around Mark, a boy who unwittingly helps John Wilkes Booth escape from Ford’s Theater after he assassinates President Lincoln. For 12 exciting days he travels with Booth along his escape route. It is inspired by a boy who held the reins of Booth’s horse on April 14, 1865. To order a copy please contact her.

October 4th, 2012 at 2:15 pm

Have you seen this one yet???http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3FwDpDnLRG0

October 23rd, 2012 at 1:33 pm
Dave Wiegers

Merry Christmas, Bill.

December 21st, 2012 at 5:31 pm
Bill K

Bill, great site. Can you tell me where to find the Henry Cross painting of Abe? I’ve been looking for it for years. I saw the Chicago tribune use to print it on his Birthday every year.

April 1st, 2013 at 8:35 pm
Evelyn Respress

Been looking for my mentor

August 9th, 2013 at 1:34 pm
B. Nash

So glad you dropped by! I alive and well! How are you?

August 9th, 2013 at 3:46 pm
Evelyn Respress

The New York Time had some great articles on Abe Lincoln today, you must read.

August 12th, 2013 at 4:52 pm
Thomas Lapsley

There is a website on a limited edition replica of Abraham Lincoln’s Pocket Knife. Priced at $119.00 postage paid. For more information, click http://www.lincolnpocketknife.com and go to “R E Lee DVD-Lincoln Pocket Knife”.

September 16th, 2013 at 11:45 pm
Daniela Markovski

Thank You, for sharing such wonderful history!!

Daniela :)

October 29th, 2013 at 12:05 pm
B. Nash

Thank you so much!

October 29th, 2013 at 12:08 pm

Your blog keeps getting better and better!great info. Thank you

January 8th, 2014 at 12:53 am
Thomas Lapsley

150 years ago,(February 9, 1864) Lincoln posed for photographer Antony Burger in what would become the most iconic images of Lincoln as we know on the penny and the five-dollar bill.

February 10th, 2014 at 3:22 pm

Hi Bill, I am LincolnToddFan over at the Lincoln Symposium. I wanted to check out your blog and I must say it’s beautiful, really well done! I am saving it to my Favorites list!

April 11th, 2014 at 9:51 pm
B. Nash

Thank you so much!

April 12th, 2014 at 4:12 am

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