- From the Publisher
- A Cup Half-Empty
- Who Were the Lincoln Life Guards?
- Kepi Controversy
- Primary Source Material: Manuscripts
- Overlooked Evidence: Lincoln in Pioneer Chicago
- “THE UNION Is DISSOLVED” The Charleston Mercury Broadside: Points of Authenticity and Variations
- Lincoln Letter Fraud on Ebay
- What He Really Thought of Lincoln: The Discovery of an Unpublished Letter by William F. Herndon
- The Sanitary Fair’s Gifts to President Lincoln
- Behind the Scenes At Federal Hall
- In The Marketplace
- LINCOLNPHILE (book reviews)
- The Annotated Lincoln
- Lincoln’s Campaign Biographies
- Lincoln’s Code: The Laws of War in American History
- “Lincoln” Hits the Screens
- We Have The War Upon Us: The Onset of the Civil War, November 1860-April 1861
- Homefront & Battlefield: Quilts and Context in the Civil War
- President James Buchanan and the Crisis of National Leadership
- Giant in the Shadows: The Life of Robert T. Lincoln
- Lincoln Legends: Myths, Hoaxes, and Confabulations Associated With Our Greatest President.
- Abraham Lincoln: The Image of His Greatness.
- Letters to the Editor
- The Obvious Lincoln
- DeWitt Deaccession Debate
- Fake Lincoln Endorsement
- Historical inaccuracies found in CDV
- More on the Lincoln Avengers
- Cartoon Artist Identified
- Kepi Commentary
- An Item in Search of a Story
- Show & Tell
- Replicas For Sale
- Dueling Blogs
- Lincoln Artwork or Just Artwork?
- Devil with a Blue Dress On
- Breyer Model Horses
- Kudos on the new site!
- This daguerreotype looks like Lincoln, but is it Lincoln?
- What Is Lincoln’s Embalmer Worth?
- New Lincoln Stuff on the Market
- Rail Splinters
- Suspect Lincoln
- A Note from the Great Beyond
- ‘A. Lincoln’ Money Pit
- Added Cachet Value
- A Constant Flow of Fakes
- Problematic Copy Images
- Fraudulent Tintype
- If Only It Were Real!
- Rip-Off Ribbons
- Bogus Ballot
- “Ay, tear her tattered ensign down”
- Legit and Illegitimate Theater: The Ford’s Theatre Ticket
- Implausible Provenance
- Twice As [Not] Nice
- These Have Age, But Not Enough
- The Real and the Unreal
- Great Finds!
Dr. Edmund B. Sullivan (1928-2015)
The Railsplitter lost a long-time friend and supporter with the passing of Edmund Bertrand Sullivan (“Ed”) on July 5th after a brief battle with lung cancer. He is survived by his second wife, Frances, and many family members.
Ed was born in Salem, Massachusetts and lived for many years in Suffield, Connecticut before re-marrying after the death of his first wife, Marie, and settling in Centerville, Massachusetts (Cape Cod). He had dual American and Irish citizenship. He had three college degrees and held numerous teaching positions, serving on the boards or as an advisor to numerous library and historical associations. He is most remembered as the Director/Curator of the Museum of American Political Life at the University of Hartford. The museum housed the legendary J. Doyle DeWitt Collection which served as the focal point for many exhibits and scholarly research. Unfortunately, the museum board had alternate priorities and the collection was eventually withdrawn from public view, placed in storage and now languishes… its fate uncertain.
Ed was a collector, as well as a scholar. He had a special affinity for Irish-American politicians, such as James Michael Curley and George Francis Train. He especially liked items associated with the political left and radicalism. Two of the projects left undone at the time of his death were books on political folk art and the paraphernalia associated with political parades of the 19th century. His legacy can be felt through the many books he did publish throughout his full career, including: Collecting Political Americana, Images of American Radicalism, Campaigning with James Michael Curley, American Political Ribbons and Ribbon Badges 1825-1981 (with Roger A. Fischer) and the updated revision of the DeWitt book (American Political Badges and Medalets 1879-1892).
Ed wrote the first feature article for The Railsplitter in 1995 and was there as a guest lecturer for our 2009 exhibit “Abraham Lincoln in New York”. The subject of his talk, appropriately, was “Collecting Lincoln”. It was always a pleasure to see him at any collector show and discuss our mutual interest. He may be gone, but the memories and the scholarship remain.
We provide a link to his obituary.
NOW AVAILABLE FROM THE RAIL SPLITTER PRESS:
Book Review Archive
- Act of Justice: Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation and the Law of War.
- The Dark Intrigue: The True Story of a Civil War Conspiracy.
- President Lincoln: the Duty of a Statesman.
- Lincoln’s Men: The President and His Private Secretaries.
- The Lincoln’s: Portrait of a Marriage.
- The Madness of Mary Lincoln.
- Lincoln the Inventor.
- Lincoln and New York.
Rail Splinters Archive
- Stereo view photographs of Abraham Lincoln statue damaged in 1906 San Francisco earthquake
- Lincoln in Film
- John Wilkes Booth? Probably not.
- Answer to the question “Whatever became of the Gillett collection?”
- What happened to the Gillette Collection?
- This Train is Bound for Glory
- Lincoln Ballots 1834-1864
- Lincoln Museum in Boise
- Lincoln at the Abolition Ball
- Where East Meets West
- A Prince of a Guy
- In Memoriam: C. Peter Scanlan
- Portrait of Lincoln Legal Associate Unearthed
- Thomas T. Eckert Archive: Telegraphic History of the Civil War
- Beethoven’s medium channels news of Lincoln’s Death by composing “The Funeral March”
- Where is Mary Todd Lincoln’s 1861 Inaugural Ball dress?
- The Meatball does The Sauceman (and The Rail Splitter) proud
- Lincoln “apparently not” a sexist
- Campaign woodcuts in illustrated magazines, symbolism or adornment?
- 1890 Wide-Awake Reunion program
- Baltimore Coin & Currency Convention Highlights
Past Print Issues