Explore the Lincoln Memorial Room at The Union League of Philadelphia
The Union League of Philadelphia is a patriotic society founded in 1862 to support Abraham Lincoln and the Union during the American Civil War.
The concept of a room devoted to Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), 16th President of the United States until his assassination on April 14, 1865, by John Wilkes Booth, and those who fought for the Union, was first proposed on February 20, 1915, by Union League member Edwin S. Stuart. Stuart, a past president of the Union League, former mayor of Philadelphia and former governor of Pennsylvania, thought it would be a fitting tribute to these men.
President Lincoln is depicted delivering the Gettysburg address, during the consecration of the National Cemetery at Gettysburg in November 1863, following the Battle of Gettysburg in July 1863. President Lincoln's left arm is bent and his fist clenched, with a determined expression on his face. The pose gives President Lincoln an assertive and commanding presence.
The sculpture, originally designed for the center of the room, includes four sculptural panels on the base. Each depicts an allegorical image: Government, Life, Liberty, and Pursuit of Happiness. The depiction of Government faces forward, and includes figures representing, from left to right, War, Justice, Unity, Law and Peace.
Upon the dedication of the Lincoln Memorial Room, James Tanner, a Union veteran, donated this manuscript to the Union League.
It contains Tanner's stenographic notes and transcription of the eyewitness testimony of President Lincoln's assassination, given to Secretary of War Edwin Stanton and David Kellogg Cartter, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the District of Columbia, at the Petersen House.
It is the only handwritten copy of this document in existence.
Tanner wrote to Union League President John Gribbell: "believing that they are of considerable interest to the general public owing to the circumstances surrounding their creation and believing they will become more so as the years pass, I write to say that if you care to give the volume a place among the treasures you may now possess or may naturally gather in the future regarding President Lincoln, I shall be glad to present them to you in perpetuity, limited only to the life of the Union League."
The Abraham Lincoln Foundation of The Union League of Philadelphia.