Heberton or Oakley

Heberton's Lincoln boxed in red. Oakley's in green.

Heberton’s Lincoln boxed in red. Oakley’s in green. Click on the image for a larger view.

Why Oakley’s Lincoln is wrong.

  • Lincoln commands no attention from the crowd
  • No dignitaries are on their feet preparing to greet Lincoln
  • Men in the crowd have not removed their hats in a show of respect
  • Nose on Lincoln is “hawk-shaped”
  • Lincoln’s hair and beard are the wrong shade
  • Lincoln’s beard is most likely a bow tie
  • Lincoln is on the far right of the platform when all accounts and photos place Lincoln in the center of the stand


Why Heberton’s Lincoln makes more sense:

  • Lincoln is the center of focused attention from nearly all visible platform spectators
  • Some men on the platform doffed their hats for Lincoln
  • Lincoln is positioned near a presidential-appearing eagle-finial topped staff
  • Lincoln wore white gauntlets over his extremely large hands at Gettysburg
  • Lincoln extends a white gloved hand in front of a boy’s face and reports note was preoccupied with the children at Gettysburg, patting their heads & bestowing kisses
  • Lincoln is in front of his special escort sent by Sec. of War Stanton to protect him, which is consistent with all contemporanious reports procession
  • Within the shadows is revealed Lincoln’s distinctive bearded chin and a large ear and long nose
  • A line of contrast in darkness on Lincoln’s hat betrays the presence of a hat band which he wore in honor of his deceased son Willie
  • Lincoln’s movement throughout the 2nd exposure created an opalescent ghost-image smiling at the camera which are long and narrow and he appears to have a bearded small chin

The original photographic digital images used in this blog are from the Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C., Civil War glass negative collection

One Response to “Heberton or Oakley”


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