Biographical sketch of Preston Bailhache

Title

Biographical sketch of Preston Bailhache

Description

Preston Bailhache writes a short autobiographical sketch that includes information on his Civil War service, meetings with Lincoln in Springfield in 1857, and a ball game of "fives" at which Lincoln was an expert. A note in the upper left hand corner of the manuscript states that the wide margin has been left blank for binding.

Creator

Bailhache, Preston

Publisher

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum

Date

1916

Rights

The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation holds all rights and permissions.

Format

pdf

Language

en

Identifier

300519
T1916-MISC

Transcription

Top of sheet I want to keep this space blank for binding

Preston Heath Bailhache was appointed Assistant Surgeon to Camp Yates Springfield, Ills, on April 17, 1861; Assistant Surgeon 19th Regiment Illinois Infantry, in July 1861; Surgeon 14th Regiment Illinois Cavalry March 4, 1863; served during the War of the Rebellion and was mustered out with his Regiment July 31, 1865.

First met Abraham Lincoln in 1857 when he opened his office in same block with The Great Emancipator, little thinking of the great privilege granted him at that time in knowing this wonderful man. He practiced medicine and surgery in Springfield until the war broke out, and numbered Mr.


Lincoln's family among his patients. During these years he frequently met Mr. Lincoln who was always genial and kind. Played several games of "Fives" with him and others. (It is a ball game, played with open hand driving the ball against a wall, alternately by each player). Mr. Lincoln was an expert at this game, his long arms and legs being to his advantage.

During the campaign Mr. Lincoln was frequently met by the writer whose brother was Editor and Proprietor of the "Illinois State Journal" where Politicions gathered of evenings to discuss the "situation". Witnessing his departure from Springfield for Washington was very impressive and memorable.

Status

Complete

Percent Completed

100

Weight

20

Original Format

paper and ink
2 p
23 x 17 cm

Citation

Bailhache, Preston, “Biographical sketch of Preston Bailhache,” Chronicling Illinois, accessed October 22, 2019, http://alplm-cdi.com/chroniclingillinois/items/show/8352.