He shook hands with Abe: The past is not really that long ago
With long lives today, knowing people who knew famous people sends tingles up the spine.
I wrote about one such connection in the post “Doctor treated both Revolutionary War soldier and people alive today.”
Doing some late-night reading this week, I ran across two other examples within minutes of each other:
— Lila Fourhman-Shaull’s “A Walking Tour of Civil War-Era residents at Prospect Hill Cemetery” tells the story of Franklin Ginter. Ginter fought with the 87th Regiment, the premier York County unit, in the Civil War and was the last such veteran buried in York’s Prospect Hill Cemetery. “One of his fondest memories was shaking hands with President Lincoln at the latter’s inauguration,” Fourhman-Shaull, Heritage Trust archivist, wrote.
So, consider this: No doubt some folks are alive today who shook hands with a soldier who shook hands with Abe.
— Os Guinness’ “The Call” tells about early church father Justin Martyr who marveled that some farmers in second-century Israel still used well-built plows made by a couple of Gallilean carpenters.
Joseph and Jesus.
Talk about tingles.