The military service of Abraham Lincoln’s father was noted in a ceremony Saturday. Thomas Lincoln was an officer in the Kentucky Militia in the War of 1812. “We are dedicating a War of 1812 medallion at the gravesite for Thomas Lincoln, honoring his militia service in the militia. The U.S. Daughters of 1812 contacted us and asked about honoring Thomas Lincoln, said Matthew Mittelstaedt, site manager for the Lincoln Log Cabin Historic Site.
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Mittelstaedt says confirming Thomas Lincoln’s service took some research, because Kentucky destroyed many of its War of 1812 records in order to maintain records from the Civil War.
In addition to the presentation of the medallion, descendants of the Hall and Hanks families, cousins to Abraham Lincoln, laid a memorial wreath at the Thomas Lincoln Cemetery near Charleston. The main speaker was historian James Siberell.