Letter from Civil War Addresses Lincoln Mystery

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ELIZABETHTOWN, Ky. (AP) -- A Kentucky history museum official says a letter written during the Civil War may shed light on where Abraham Lincoln's parents lived immediately after marrying.

History scholars have debated the precise location of the couple's cabin.

Hardin County History Museum Vice President Elvin Smith Jr. told The News-Enterprise the facility received transcribed copies of letters written during the Civil War by a Union soldier stationed in Elizabethtown that mentions the cabin's location.

Smith says details in the letter written by chaplain Augustus Hammond Conant, who served in the 19th Illinois volunteer infantry, may help unravel the mystery.

Smith says the letter states that soldiers could see Lincoln's boyhood home from the site of their camp, then describes the location.

The link below takes you to the Lincoln Birthplace page of the Hardin County History Museum's web page.

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