Following in Lincoln's Footsteps by Ralph Gary
After blogging about my visit to Springfield Chris suggested that I check out "Land of Lincoln: Adventures in Abe's America" by Andrew Ferguson. When I reserved that one from the library I also reserved Following in Lincoln's Footsteps. I'm glad I did.
Following in Lincoln's Footsteps really does follow Lincoln. If he was there, or even rumored to have been there, Gary has a note about it. The section on Springfield is very detailed and whenever I get back there I will use this book extensively. In fact I think I will have to buy this book (I found a used copy on amazon that will run $4 with shipping).
As an example of a rumored visit is the entry for Sheboygan, Wisconsin. "It is possible Lincoln visited sometime between 1835 and 1840 with the view of opening a law office, although this is not generally accepted." I had never heard about this which seems a little odd because I have spent a fair amount of time in Sheboygan as I have quite a bit of family back there. Its interesting to think what might have happened if he had really moved there. If he stayed in Sheboygan he probably would not have been in position to run for President. If he had later moved to Madison or Milwaukee maybe he would have ended up running for President. Its interesting to think how history might have been different based on the variable of where Lincoln decides to practice law in the 1840s.