Johannes Comestor het interessante onthullings mbt tot die 16de VSA President gemaak. Lees 21 Feb 13
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In his 1926 biography of Lincoln, Carl Sandburg made an allusion to the early relationship of Lincoln and his friend Joshua Fry Speed as having "a streak of lavender, and spots soft as May violets". "Streak of lavender" was slang in the period for an effeminate man, and later connoted homosexuality.
Lincoln wrote a poem that described a marriage-like relation between two men, which included the lines:
But Billy has married a boy.
The girls he had tried on every side,
All was in vain, he went home again,
Lincoln's stepmother, Sarah Bush Lincoln, commented that he "never took much interest in the girls".
Captain David Derickson was Lincoln's bodyguard and companion between September 1862 and April 1863. They shared a bed during the absences of Lincoln's wife, until Derickson was promoted in 1863. Derickson was twice married and fathered ten children, but whatever the exact level of intimacy of the relationship, it was the subject of gossip. Elizabeth Woodbury Fox, the wife of Lincoln's naval aide, wrote in her diary for November 16, 1862, "Tish says, 'Oh, there is a Bucktail soldier here devoted to the president, drives with him, and when Mrs L is not home, sleeps with him.' What stuff!"
In ‘n ander weergawe “Was Abraham Lincoln Gay?”, lees ons:
But Joshua had a better idea. Taking Lincoln by the hand, he led him up the steps to his living quarters above the store, showed him the small room with a bed in the corner and said, “Why don’t you just sleep here with me.” And the two men continued to live and sleep together for nearly four years in that bed in that room.
Even as president, Lincoln formed a close attachment to a soldier, Captain David V. Derickson, who was the commander of his guards. In 1862 and 1863, they shared a bed in the White House and a getaway cottage at the outskirts of town. Believe me, there were plenty of extra beds in the White House.
Even thirty-three years later, Thomas Chamberlain, one of Lincoln’s bodyguards, remembered the relationship of the two men when he wrote a history of the regiment:
"Captain Derickson, in particular, advanced so far in the President's confidence and esteem that, in Mrs Lincoln's absence, he frequently spent the night at his cottage, sleeping in the same bed with him, and -- it is said -- making use of His Excellency's night-shirt!”