Measuring up to Lincoln
enjoyed comparing heights with tall men. Repeatedly he would stand
back-to-back and enjoy a measuring-up with friends and acquaintances.
This scene, with Mr. Lincoln and the one-armed soldier actually
occurred in a church hospital ward near Washington, on one of Lincoln's
visits to wounded soldiers. Poet Walt Whitman observed and recorded
this incident in 1863. Mrs. Lincoln is in the picture, along with
a doctor, two soldier patients and a visitor.
of the positive contains the hand written description of the subject
by the artist.