Celebrate Lincoln’s birthday with Civil War historian Charles Plummer

Posted Feb. 01, 2013, at 4:19 p.m.
Last modified Feb. 04, 2013, at 9:57 a.m.

Thursday, January 1 to Tuesday, February 12, 2013; 12 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Location: Patten Free Library, Summer Street, Bath, ME

Contact: Leslie Mortimer; 207-443-5141 ext. 25


The year 2013 marks another milestone in the 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s term as president and one in which he issued the Emancipation Proclamation. In commemoration of these events, Charles W. Plummer, who is widely known for his lectures on the Civil War and his living history performances, will be presenting a talk at Patten Free Library on the life of Lincoln and his gift as a storyteller and humorist.

During the first half of his presentation, Plummer will share highlights of Lincoln’s life and what it was like to know him, the ideas that formed the core of his understanding of American politics, why he opposed slavery, and the leadership skills that he marshaled to guide our divided nation through the Civil War.

The second portion of the talk focuses on Lincoln’s skill as a storyteller and how he sprinkled his conversations with humorous stories and anecdotes which he used as a persuasive tool in dealing with his political opponents, critics, and other adversaries including members of his cabinet and his generals. Plummer will share a number of these stories which he is sure will elicit laughter from the audience. Two of his favorite Lincoln quotes, which he feels some politicians today ought to keep in mind, are: “Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt,” and “The time comes upon every public man when it is best to keep his lips closed.”

This presentation will be held at Patten Free Library in Bath on Tuesday, February 12 from 2:00 to 4:00pm. It is free and open to the public.