Hear About ‘Lincoln’s Sword’ From Abe Scholar

Posted February 16, 2007 at 5:56pm

While it may have been said time and again that the pen is mightier than the sword, one Abraham Lincoln scholar is using the weapon in the title of his upcoming book to honor the 16th president’s literary accomplishments.

On Wednesday, Douglas Wilson will discuss “Lincoln’s Sword: The Presidency and the Power of Words” at a noon book signing in Dining Room A on the sixth floor of the Library of Congress’ James Madison Building.

Wilson, the co-director of the Lincoln Studies Center at Knox College in Galesburg, Ill., has authored four books on Honest Abe in addition to his latest release. In 1999, the author was awarded the Lincoln Prize for the book “Honor’s Voice: The Transformation of Abraham Lincoln.” Additionally, Wilson has had pieces on the Civil War-era president featured in magazines such as Atlantic Monthly and Time.

Wilson noted that his most recent work aims to display Lincoln’s lesser-known penchant for the written word, which eventually came through in Lincoln’s famous “Gettysburg Address” and “Emancipation Proclamation,” and the role this talent played in the president’s personal transformation.

The book signing is being held as a part of the Library’s “Books and beyond” author series, which aims to promote reading, literacy and libraries. Co-sponsored by the Library’s Manuscript Division, the event is free and open to the public. More information on the event can be found at www.loc.gov/cfbook.

Ward 6’s Wells Holds Office Hours on H St.

Washington, D.C., Ward 6 City Councilman Tommy Wells temporarily is moving his office to H Street Northeast this week in his continuing effort to set up shop amid his constituents.

On Thursday, Wells will sit down from 8 to 9:30 a.m. at Sidamo Coffee and Tea, located at 417 H St. NE, ready to hear the ideas and complaints of any resident who wants to sit and chat. The councilman will hold these “community morning office hours” every fourth Thursday of the month on H Street, sitting down at a different business each time. The rotation will showcase emerging small businesses along the corridor, according to a press release.

“I want to continue finding new ways to make my office more accessible across Ward 6 to get feedback and provide assistance to residents,” Wells said in the release.

Wells held a similar gathering earlier this month at Channel Inn, where 30 Southwest residents showed up to speak to the recently elected councilman. He’ll also keep office hours at that location, returning every second Thursday of the month.

— Andrea Kemp and Emily Yehle