Story of Lincoln’s bodyguard to be told in Deerfield

DEERFIELD- On April 14, 148 years ago, President and Mrs. Abraham Lincoln left the White House to attend the play “Our American Cousin” at Ford’s Theater. Lincoln had sent his bodyguard, Ward Hill Lamon, to Richmond on April 11 and therefore he was unable to accompany the First Family that evening. Lamon had warned Lincoln not to attend the event. Why did Lamon tell Lincoln not to go? Why did Lincoln attend anyway?

The answer to these questions and much more information will be shared by Bob O’Connor, noted Civil War historian and author, at 3:30 p.m. April 14 at the Deerfield Town Hall, 1450 state Route 14. Doors open at 2:30 p.m. The presentation will be followed by a Soup’N’Salad. Reservations are necessary.

O’Connor assumes the identity of Ward Hill Lamon and shares the details of his relationship with Lincoln, from the time that they were both appointed to the Eighth Circuit Court District in Illinois in the early 1850’s.

Cost is $10 per person and checks should be made payable to the Deerfield Historical Society and mailed to William Westover, 2242 S. R. 225, Deerfield, Ohio 44411.

For information contact Westover at 330-654-2199 or