Posted on:During a special exhibit displaying a full-size replica of the train that carried President Abraham Lincoln's body across the United States more than 150 years ago, Susan Gilbreath Lane will share stories of her great-grandfather's military career.
The stories are featured in the book, "Dignity of Duty," which is a compilation of the three journals written by Gilbreath Lane's great-grandfather. The journal entries cover his military career from 1861, the beginning of the Civil War, to the end of the Spanish-American War. The book also details local men's service during the Civil War.
"I discovered the journals quite by accident in the Detroit Public Library at the end of the 1970s," said Gilbreath Lane. "I knew I had something of value and significance, but I didn't know exactly how significant."
Gilbreath Lane compiled and edited journals of her great-grandfather, who was a major from Valparaiso in the 20th Indiana Infantry, and the Pritzker Military Museum & Library in Chicago published the book. Gilbreath Lane will be hosting a discussion and book signing of the published journals at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 10, at the Indiana Welcome Center.
"This is not just a mechanical version of history. This is quite, particularly at times, eloquent and descriptive. I hope people take away that this is a really fascinating account of the Civil War and the reconstruction of the South. I hope they get an appreciation of this first-hand account, and that they appreciate the history and the person," said Gilbreath Lane.
The Lincoln Funeral Train was created by The 2015 Lincoln Funeral Train group to commemorate the 150th anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln's assassination and funeral. It is a near-exact replica of the historic train that carried President Lincoln's body from Washington, D.C., to Springfield, Ill.
The Indiana Welcome Center is located at 7770 Corinne Drive in Hammond. For more information on the Lincoln Funeral Train, visit www.southshorecva.com/lincolntrain.