New Book Offers Creative Look at Soldiers' Home History

By Erin Carlson Mast

There is a new book about the history of President Lincoln and the Soldiers’ Home from author David Bruce Smith.  The book, “Three Miles from Providence: A Tale of Abraham Lincoln and the Soldiers’ Home,” is a fictional diary of one of Lincoln’s Presidential guards and his descendants from the Civil War era to the present day.  Smith’s unique story provides an intimate view of Civil War Washington, the Lincoln family, and the history of the Soldiers’ Home leading up to the grand opening of the restored Cottage, through the words of fictional characters.   The “letters” are enriched by illustrations by artist Clarice Smith.  The leather-bound book is available for purchase in the President Lincoln’s Cottage museum store and by phone, 202-829-0436 x 31231.

Read more about Smith’s new book, which was recently featured on the George Washington University English Department blog.

Ms. Erin Mast is the Curator at President Lincoln’s Cottage.
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