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

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