Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Elwin Penski's Excellent Letter to the Aegis

Elwin Penski, founder of the Junius B. Booth Society, has written an excellent letter to the editor of the Aegis that was published under the title "On Harford's Ties to Lincoln" in the February 18, 2009, edition on page A10.

Mr. Penski wrote the letter in response to an article that appeared in the Aegis on February 11, 2009, entitled "Lincoln at 200: Harford's Ties and Observances" by Rachel Konopacki. The article includes quotes from an interview with Harford County Executive David R. Craig concerning Tudor Hall.

Mr. Penski points out that Lincoln apparently did not travel by train through Harford County in 1861 on his way to Washington, DC, as the Aegis article stated. In addition, Mr. Penski reminded readers that Edwin Booth, who was born and raised in Harford County, saved Robert Todd Lincoln's life. Author and historian Jason Emerson has written an article about Edwin Booth saving the life of President Lincoln's son that was published several years ago in the Civil War Times and can be read online via a link to the article on Jason Emerson's website. (Copy and paste the link into your browser window and hit enter.)

If you would like a copy of the article on Lincoln's ties to Harford County or Mr. Penski's letter, please contact Thank you.