Lincoln’s Confederate in-laws

The Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum is currently hosting a temporary exhibit from the Mary Todd Lincoln House about Lincoln’s Confederate relatives.  This is an unknown aspect of Lincoln’s life for many people, but it’s also one of the most fascinating; some of his relatives by marriage held important positions within the Confederate military, and they were a political liability for him during the war.

You can see an online version of the exhibit by visiting the Mary Todd Lincoln House website.

Benjamin Hardin Helm, a brother-in-law to Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln, was a brigadier general in the Confederate States Army who was killed at Chickamauga in 1863. His widow, Mary Todd Lincoln's half-sister Emilie, was a guest at the White House. Image from Wikimedia Commons

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