- From the Publisher
- 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- What He Really Thought of Lincoln: The Discovery of an Unpublished Letter by William F. Herndon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)
- 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
- 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
- An Ideal Improved Upon
- He Tooted For Lincoln
- Lincoln-Douglas Debate Schedule
- Lincoln Museum in Boise
- Lincoln at the Abolition Ball
- Where East Meets West
- A Prince of a Guy
- 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
- Suspect Lincoln
- Great Finds!
For those unfamiliar with our association, a few words are in order. The Rail Splitter is a journal written by collectors for collectors. Our name refers to an early period in Lincoln’s life when he toiled on the frontier, cleared the land, and built a homestead. As a candidate for president in 1860, Lincoln campaigned as the “Rail Splitter of the West,” a slogan and image that propelled him to the White House. After twenty years of publishing, we still delight in reporting on new discoveries, auction prices, the care and preservation of material culture, and other necessary topics in a graphic and substantive fashion. Now, as we take our efforts to the Internet, we hope to embrace a much larger audience.
In the field of Americana, publishing now seems to be the popular sport. To paraphrase author H.L. Mencken, the impulse behind such efforts is always more orgiastic than reflective. This in mind, we need to make certain we have a good reason for this forum. Our mandate comes with the answers to three questions: Are we serving an identifiable community? Are we providing something of worth to that community – something otherwise not provided? And, most important, can we afford to undertake such a venture?
Our “community” has no borders but enjoys the commonality of a shared passion: the love of Lincoln, the love of American history. We number many different citizens in this community: numismatists, philatelists, ephemerists, not to mention the occasional scholar and historian. But what of substance can we offer? It would be arrogant to claim discovery of an overlooked tribe; those interested in the material culture of Lincoln and his contemporaries. Over the past 130 years, there have been innumerable journals, quarterlies, and association-newsletters addressing every aspect of Lincoln, most to the point of obscene minutia. Yet, only on occasion, are the “crass” interests of collectors and dealers, those committed to the hunt for artifacts, addressed. Academics have always divorced discussions of worth from discussions of dollars and cents. While appropriate, it unfortunately relegates the artifacts we love to only serving as illustrations that accompany the more “scholarly” work. Simply put, we offer in this forum exactly what WE want to read. New finds. Details on items in the market. What something sold for in an auction. Who are the players? How do I know if it is a fake? How do I find resources to help? Sure… on occasion we will deviate with a more erudite study. But overall our mission is to bring together those interested in the collectibles of this country’s most interesting times, and share knowledge, insight, and, yes… community.
We hope you enjoy The Rail Splitter and we look forward to sharing stories and news with you for many years to come.
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
- 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