Notes about Crockett and Lincoln in 1836

Cover of record: Ballad of Davy Crockett

Cover of record: Ballad of Davy Crockett


The picture above is the cover of a record from the 1950’s on the Pickwick label. The song is the Ballad of Davy Crockett from the Walt Disney Production Davy Crockett. I can still sing parts of the tune. What kid growing up in the 50’s and 60’s isn’t familiar with the song? And, of course, I like millions of other kids, wanted to be Davy Crockett. My coon skin cap and toy long rifle are gone. Who knows what happens to our childhood toys? I’ve mused in another post at whether Abraham Lincoln admired David Crockett (he didn’t like being called “Davy”). When Crockett died at the Alamo, Lincoln was a young man building up his career. 1835 was not a good year for Abraham. Ann Rutledge had died. Whatever the nature of their relationship was, Lincoln went through a depressive bout. Remember he was living in New Salem, Illinois at the time. However, in 1836, Lincoln had also a relationship problem with a lady named Mary Owens. It didn’t work out-and some think Lincoln didn’t want it to work anyway. This was before Lincoln met Mary Todd.  Lincoln’s career was progressing in 1836. He was surveying in the area. More importantly, he received his law license. That beginning would eventually take him to Washington as president. Crockett was probably the most known and celebrated person of his day. He was legendary. It would have been easy to imagine him as a future president, I suppose. But his life was cut short.  What did Lincoln think upon hearing the news of Crockett and the Alamo? Had he imagined that, he too, would share a tragic fate?

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