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Kenneth D. Ackerman is an attorney at OFW Law in Washington, D.C. He is the author of several books, including Dark Horse: The Surprise Election and Political Murder of President James A. Garfield (2011) and Abraham Lincoln’s Convention: Chicago 1860—The First Reports (2012).
John Hoffmann is Librarian and Manuscript Curator of the Illinois History and Lincoln Collections at the University of Illinois Library at Urbana-Champaign. He has published and edited widely in the field of Illinois history.
Thomas C. Mackey is Professor of History at the University of Louisville. His most recent publication is the multi-volume A Documentary History of the American Civil War Era (2012). He is currently working on a study of the common law among Civil War soldiers.
Cynthia Nicoletti is Assistant Professor of Law at Mississippi College School of Law. Her dissertation on the treason trial of Jefferson Davis won the Nicolay-Hay Prize, and her article “The American Civil War as a Trial by Battle” won the Kathryn T. Preyer Prize from the American Society for Legal History.
Mark Pohlad is Associate Professor of Art History and Associate Dean of Liberal Studies at DePaul University. He is an expert on Lincoln images and is working on a book about Chicago portraitists of Lincoln.
Joel H. Silbey is President White Professor of History Emeritus at Cornell University. He has published extensively in the field of nineteenth-century American political history.
Natalie Sweet is a research fellow at the Abraham Lincoln Institute for the Study of Leadership and Public Policy at Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, Tennessee, where she is also an adjunct instructor in history. The paper published here—part of a larger work in progress that examines servants who lived and worked in the Lincoln White House—was prepared with the support of the White House Historical Association and the Abraham Lincoln Institute for the Study of Leadership and Public Policy at Lincoln Memorial University.