THE EDITORS ARE above all grateful to their colleagues on the Lincoln Forum Board of Advisors, whose wise counsel, loyal support, and hard work make it possible not only to host such successful annual symposia at Gettysburg but to organize the publication of the best papers from each symposium into books like this one.
Special thanks go to Treasurer Russell H. Weidman (and to Advisory Board Member Budge Weidman as well), and to Betty Anselmo, our administrator, along with Lincoln Forum Secretary George Buss and Executive Board member Edna Greene Medford. We express our additional gratitude to all the Lincoln leaders who serve on our Board of Advisors—and whose names appear in the roster at the back of this book—and to the entire membership as well, especially our most generous life members.
Every blossom that blooms from the Forum reminds us of its roots, and much of our original success came from the expert work of our late founding treasurer, Charles D. Platt. We all miss him very much and remain grateful for his contributions, along with those of his wife, Linda Platt, who continues to support an annual