Lincoln also slept here
It’s incredible that the story “They’re All Players in Lincoln’s Story” [April 12], a collection of places associated with Abraham Lincoln, managed to omit Lincoln’s New Salem State Historic Site in Illinois, 22 miles northwest of Springfield and re-created on the site of the original New Salem, where Lincoln lived from 1831 to 1837.
During his time living in that frontier village, he was a general store owner, a soldier in the Black Hawk War, a postmaster and a surveyor. It was there that he was first elected to the Illinois state assembly.
As a bachelor who didn’t own a home, he boarded for a time with my great-greatgreat-grandparents, Isaac and Susan Burner. Even then he was highly regarded by his fellow villagers.
During the summer of 2006 our family was delighted to attend the firstever Descendants Reunion at New Salem. Before that the eyes of my sons would too often glaze over when I mentioned family history. They were so taken with their visit to the village and to the Burner cabin that they returned to visit a second day. PAMELA JAMESON BOEHR