This play considers Speed and also focuses on Lincoln's relationship with a second man, his Washington bodyguard Capt. The diary of George Templeton Strong, for example, is cited throughout Civil War historiography with no denigrating qualifiers, not to mention the diaries of Gideon Welles, Salmon Chase, and many others. Ina prominent writer [ who? They lived together for four years, during which time they occupied the same bed during the night some sources specify a large double bed and developed a friendship that would last until their deaths. Had Tish's information been firsthand, however, there would have been no "What stuff! Even if Crotzer himself did not speak directly with Tish, the story Fox told, and the story told by Chamberlin, most likely derived from the same similarly placed source who told the story the same way in as he or she did in That's the central question in Elliot's very enjoyable play — I should further note that I think an open-minded person will enjoy this often self-critical play even if he or she thinks the notion of a gay Lincoln is a bunch of hokum.
Both Chamberlin and Fox liberally sprinkled exclamation marks throughout their accounts; the similar punctuation is evidently a coincidence.
Abraham Lincoln was a ... what?
First, the sources are not fully independent in that they both show strong links to a common source, perhaps Crotzer or someone else in the regiment. With the election only months away, Derickson astutely emphasized the political benefits of the plan in the crucial state, which would be selecting nearly a quarter of the electors needed for victory. Loading comments… Trouble loading? Lincoln told racy jokes about sex with women, he privately boasted about his success with the ladies before marriage, and he was known to flirt with Washington socialites from time to time. Fox's evidence may be hearsay, but it needs to stand or fall on its merits, not because it is mere "gossip" recorded by a woman. Some "male historians" suggest that the Lincolns' sex life ended either in after their son Tad's difficult birth or in when they moved into a bigger house, but have no evidence for their speculations.
Tripp discusses three men at length and possible sustained relationships: Donald notes, "Though nearly every other possible charge against Lincoln was raised during his long public career — from his alleged illegitimacy to his possible romance with Ann Rutledge, to the breakup of his engagement to Mary Todd, to some turbulent aspects of their marriage — no one ever suggested that he and Speed were sexual partners. Commentary on President Abraham Lincoln 's sexuality has been documented since the early 20th century. The news seems to have stricken Lincoln. Biography of a Marriage.