He likened the criticism to early objections to Fawn Brodie's biography of Thomas Jefferson in which she claimed that Jefferson had children with his slave Sally Hemings; later genetic studies suggested that they had at least one child together. The author, who died intwo weeks after finishing the book, subjected almost every word ever written by and about Lincoln to minute analysis. Email required. Events Guide Television Theater Video: Derickson, who shared his bed whenever Mary Todd was away.
Three years later she died of malaria and typhoid.
Mary Lincoln's character is also dark and bloody ground for biographers. I was a musician who played the flute etc. He concedes that Lincoln was devastated by her death, but argues that it was death itself that distressed him. And he has an ax to grind.
Tripp cites a second description of the relationship in an history of Derickson's regiment, the th Pennsylvania Volunteers, by Thomas Chamberlain, Derickson's commanding officer: