Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Marshall Connolly, Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

9/25/2013 (1 year ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Image would invalidate other two images that purport to show the 16th president.

A Disney animator and amateur historian says he has found another photo of President Lincoln at the Gettysburg Address. He is thought to appear only twice in the Gettysburg images and this claim makes a controversial third. Furthermore, this image would cast doubt on the interpretation of other images.

Will the real President Lincoln please stand up?

Will the real President Lincoln please stand up?

Highlights

By Marshall Connolly, Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

9/25/2013 (1 year ago)

Published in U.S.

Keywords: President Lincoln, Gettysburg, address, photos, controversy, discovery


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - It's like Where's Waldo for Civil War and history buffs, but a blurred portion of an image taken at the Gettysburg address may include President Lincoln moments before he delivered his short, but impactful speech at the dedication of the cemetery there.

Lincoln travelled to Gettysburg to participate in the dedication of a cemetery at Gettysburg. Just weeks before two of the greatest armies in North American history marched and clashed in an epic three-day struggle. That battle was part of a carefully planned campaign intended to clench support for the fledgling Confederacy by threatening the Union capital and forcing the Army of the Potomac into smashing itself against Lee's courageous divisions.

Instead, under the new leadership of General George Meade and with the able subordinates in blue, the Army of the Potomac made a heroic stand on the rolling hills outside Gettysburg town, against the increasingly desperate Army of Northern Virginia led by General Robert E. Lee.

Although the Civil War would continue for another two years, the battle marked a high point for the Confederacy and a key turning point of the war.

Lincoln chose this moment to deliver one of the most iconic speeches in American history. The Gettysburg Address was short, but poetic and long on symbolism. During the occasion, few images were taken and two were thought to include the president.

Reviewing images of the period is difficult because cameras required long exposure times of several seconds and any motion caused blurring. 

There is now a suspected third apparition of Lincoln in the Gettysburg photos. However, historians vehemently dispute the quality of the claim. Part of the issue is that if the image is accurate, then Lincoln could not have been in the other spots and historians have been wrong all along about Lincoln's location in the images.

In fairness, the image is very unclear. Christopher Oakley, a former Disney animator and professor of history at the University of North Carolina Ashville, discovered the likeness while combing through images of the address. He spent $73 to have the Library of Congress create a high-resolution copy of the image for close examination. He identified a blurry face in the crowd that he thinks is unmistakably Lincoln.

He claims the bone structure of the face is an exact match for the President.

Others are not so sure.

We will allow you to make up your own mind.

Check out the images below.  What's your verdict?

This image is the best one that clearly depicts Lincoln, or so most historians conclude.

This image is the best one that clearly depicts Lincoln, or so most historians conclude.



Can you spot him? It

Can you spot him? It's fairly difficult...



This may help.

This may help.



It

It's difficult to decide.




Click here to learn about our Saint Michael the Archangel conference this Nov 1-3!

---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


Copywriter 2015 - Distributed by THE NEWS CONSORTIUM

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for June 2015
Universal:
That immigrants and refugees may find welcome and respect in the countries to which they come.
Evangelization: That the personal encounter with Jesus may arouse in many young people the desire to offer their own lives in priesthood or consecrated life.


Rosaries, Crosses, Prayer Cards and more... by Catholic Shopping .com


Comments


More U.S.

The Martyrdom of the Apostles Peter and Paul Invites Us Into a New Missionary Age Watch

Image of On this great Feast we need to rededicate ourselves to being true witnesses, with an adult faith, willing to participate fully in this new missionary age of the Catholic Church. May the blood of the Martyrs continue to be the seed of the Church. St. Peter and St. Paul, pray for us!

By Deacon Keith A Fournier

Since at least the Third Century, Christians have commemorated this day as a Solemnity, the day when the two pillars of the Church, the great Apostles, Peter and Paul, met the Lord whom they served with such beauty, face to face in the communion of eternal love. ... continue reading


Junior lifeguard competition cancelled after 15 great white sharks spotted swimming near shore in California beach Watch

Image of

By Talia Ramos (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The NorCal Junior Lifeguards competition was cancelled following the reported sightings of at least 15 great white sharks swimming near the shore in Aptos, Santa Cruz. Helicopters and boats were sent off to determine the situation before the event, confirming that ... continue reading


Fear of ISIS expansion along U.S. border grows Watch

Image of The fear of the ISIS breaching security in the southern borders of the U.S. is being addressed by the government.

By Linky C. (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The United States is considering the possible breach in the security of its southern borders. With drugs, illegal immigrants and several illegal activities being localized in this area, the militant group, ISIS may actually target this region for their terrorist plans. ... continue reading


United States Population: More minority children than whites, more whites dying than being born Watch

Image of Minority children are currently dominating the number of native Americans in the US.

By Linky C. (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The United States' population is composed of Americans and millions of immigrants and foreigners considered to be part of the "minority group." As the years pass, the American population is now starting to become dominated by the "minority group."roup. MUNTINLUPA, ... continue reading


8-year-old boy bitten by shark in knee-deep water, fourth case over past two weeks in NC Watch

Image of

By Talia Ramos (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

A frantic 911 call was made after an 8-year-old boy was bitten by a shark while swimming in knee-deep water at a beach in North Carolina. During the emergency call, the boy is heard screaming, as the caller tells the operator that his foot has punctured holes and ... continue reading


California legislature's who HATE Catholics want Father Juniper Serra statue OUT of Capitol Watch

Image of Bl. Junipero Serra played a leading role in California history, helping to convert thousands of native Californians to Christianity and teaching them new technologies.

By CNA/EWTN News

A statue of Franciscan missionary and saint-to-be Father Junipero Serra has stood in the U.S. Capitol since 1931, but its future may depend on an upcoming hearing in the California legislature and the success of a "Let's Save Serra" campaign. SACRAMENTO, CA ... continue reading


HERE COMES THE POPE - As many as 1.5 million faithful expected to greet Pope Francis in Philadelphia in September Watch

Image of More than 1.5 million people are expected for the Mass with Pope Francis in at that time. About 12,000 people were registered for the congress earlier this month.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Excitement is building for the visit from Pope Francis in Philadelphia this coming September. The Pope will be there for the once-every-three-years World Meeting of Families from September 22 through 25. Archbishop Charles J. Chaput met with the Pope after the ... continue reading


At least 10 Islamic State suspects living in the U.S. arrested by FBI Watch

Image of The FBI is targeting individuals thought to be planning attacks in the U.S. The bureau is concentrating on direct arrests in lieu of surveillance.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

In response to a perception of increased attacks on U.S. soil by Islamic State - following the thwarted attack in the "Draw Muhammad" contest in Garland, Texas -- the FBI has rounded up more potential "lone wolf" terrorists with ties to ISIS. LOS ANGELES, CA ... continue reading


Homosexuals welcome to greet Pope in Philadelphia - but they cannot seize event to protest Watch

Image of Currently, the only event dedicated to gay issues at the event features the founder of the Spiritual Friendship Initiative Ron Belgau, a celibate gay Catholic.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Archbishop Charles Chaput says that homosexuals will be welcome to attend the Catholic family congress in Philadelphia when Pope Francis visits the U.S. September. However - they cannot use the event to attack the church's teachings, he says. LOS ANGELES, CA ... continue reading


American woman barely escapes death after co-worker tries beheading her Watch

Image of

By Hannah Marfil (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

For Traci Johnson, life will never be the same. Every day she still feels the horror from almost being beheaded by her former co-worker. Although she fortunately escaped death, another co-worker was reportedly decapitated by the same man. The suspect was fired after a ... continue reading


All U.S. News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Genesis 19:15-29
15 When dawn broke the angels urged Lot on, 'To your ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 26:2-3, 9-10, 11-12
2 Probe me, Yahweh, examine me, Test my heart and my ... Read More

Gospel, Matthew 8:23-27
23 Then he got into the boat followed by his ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for June 30th, 2015 Image

First Martyrs of the See of Rome
June 30: The holy men and women are also called the ďProtomartyrs of ... Read More

Inform, Inspire & Ignite Logo

Find Catholic Online on Facebook and get updates right in your live feed.

Become a fan of Catholic Online on Facebook


Follow Catholic Online on Twitter and get News and Product updates.

Follow us on Twitter