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Tell Me of Lincoln: Memories of Abraham Lincoln, the Civil War, and Life in Old New York Hardcover


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  • Hardcover: 350 pages
  • Publisher: Belle Grove Publishing Company; First edition (October 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1883926238
  • ISBN-13: 978-1883926236
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 7.2 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,777,142 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Lost Memoirs of James Edward Kelly. In 2002, Historian and Author William B. Styple uncovered twenty-four boxes containing the unpublished memoirs of New York City Artist, James Edward Kelly (1855-1933). In 2005, Kelly's Civil War related interviews were published: GENERALS IN BRONZE, Interviewing the Commanders of the Civil War. This book was hailed as a Blockbuster history of the Civil War by Civil War Times Illustrated, June, 2005. TELL ME OF LINCOLN is the long-awaited second volume of Kelly material, and presents over fifty never-before-published accounts of Abraham Lincoln. William B. Styple has written, co-written and edited numerous works on the Civil War. He is currently writing the biography of Gen. Phil Kearny.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Christian Schlect VINE VOICE on November 24, 2009
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More of a biography in the period words of James E. Kelly, an artist raised in the rough and tumble of New York City in the middle to late 1800s, than a book on Abraham Lincoln; perhaps a third of the book is focused on Mr. Lincoln.

Readers interested in the daily life of New York City in the last half of the 19th century and those with an interest in Civil War personalities, especially Mr. Lincoln, will enjoy this book. Occasionally the reader is happily surprised to run into small stories on some unexpected notable, such as Oscar Wilde, Edgar Allan Poe, or Teddy Roosevelt.

There is no "new" history presented here. Most of the reminisces are focused on direct personal contacts showing, in the case of Mr. Lincoln, small but intense glimpses of the humanity of the man or giving physical descriptions of him. (It is surprising the differing evaluations of the size of his hands.)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By John Henderson on December 10, 2009
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This is a book for a person interested in Lincoln the man. The book doesn't do any harm to the myth, but it does present him as a real person. The heart of this book is the happy result of the author finding a collection of notes by Mr. Kelly who had intended to write the book that the author was finally able to present to us.

Mr. Kelly was a well respected sculptor of his time St Gaudens and D C French were his contemporaries. He however was taken by Lincoln as a young child and as his sculpting work involved many works of Military leaders during the Civil War he would question them about not only their own careers but also ask about their memories of Lincoln (hence the title) so you get not only a book about many of the Generals you get eye witness accounts of many many incidents during the war. The chapter I found most riviting was of that fateful night. Mr. Kelly not only interviewed the DR who treated him but also the man whose room Mr. Lincoln died. Stunning to say the least.

If you have read the authors General in Bronze this new book is a must, for all others even remotely interested in the period it is required reading. One final note the book opens with his recollections of his early years in NYC. It may sound not needed but it really give me a feel for the time and what Mr. Kelly became.

In closing, I had more than a few chills while reading it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Bernadette L. Atkins on February 10, 2010
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Wiliiam Styple's follow up volume to GENERALS IN BRONZE is a delightful, eye-opening book. Artist, sculptor and writer, James Kelly spent hours interviewing folks about Abraham Lincoln. The book is not only about Lincoln, to my delight it also talks about some famous and infamous notables. As a native New Yorker, I enjoyed the detailed descriptions of old New York, the sights, sounds and smells...I closed my eyes and imagined my parents and grandparents walking the streets of New York, shopping, the children walking to school...a thoroughly wonderful volume. A must have for fans of Lincoln and Old New York.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Patricia Bollander on September 19, 2009
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I don't want to give away too much of the content but suffice to say that President Lincoln was not like he was or has been portrayed at all. These are true accounts recorded by Jim Kelly back in the 1800's as he interviewed some of the generals who actually knew President Lincoln.
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