loud speaker

11-24-23 - Teachers and Parents, please join our new MrNussbaum Facebook group. Here, you will find contests, giveaways, new content announcements, daily or weekly activity suggestions, discussions, and much more! Right now, there is a new code for 75 percent off an annual subscription to MrN 365!

arrow up
Home > History > Important Places in the life of Abraham Lincoln - Interactive Map

Important Places in the life of Abraham Lincoln - Interactive Map

This interactive map allows students to explore the important places in Abraham Lincoln's life such as New Salem, Springfield, New York City, and many others.

Click a point on the map above to learn more!


Chicago, Illinois

Chicago was the site of the 1860 Republican National Convention. It was during this convention in which Abraham Lincoln and Hannibal Hamlin became the Republican nominees for president and vice-president. William Seward, the favorite for the nomination, won on the first two ballots submitted, but never received the requisite number of votes for official nomination. But Seward, along with other nominees Salmon P. Chase and Edward Bates had all made enemies within the party. The relatively unknown Lincoln, in contrast, had maintained a moderate stance on the political issues of the day and had earned a national reputation for debates and his captivating speeches. Furthermore, since the location of the conference was in Chicago, Lincoln supporters from throughout Illinois and the western states descended upon the city, giving Lincoln unrivaled support. Finally, Lincoln’s campaign managers were instrumental in convincing the delegates from Pennsylvania and Indiana to cast their votes with him. Lincoln won the nomination on the third ballot with 364 votes out of the possible 466.

Back to Top

Springfield, Illinois

Abraham Lincoln's Funeral Train

Lincoln's Funeral Train

It was in Springfield, Illinois where the legend of Abraham Lincoln would be born. In 1837, Abe moved to Springfield broke and without a place to live hoping to find his fortune in law. He would soon move in with Joshua Speed, who would become his lifelong friend and who agreed to let Abe live in the apartment with him above his store. Abe quickly found employment as a lawyer and was soon running a successful practice with William Herndon.

It was also in Springfield where Abe would court and wed Mary Todd, and where each of his four sons were born at their home on 8th Street. After serving two years as an Illinois Congressman, he returned to Springfield and resumed his law practice. In 1858, he delivered his famous "House Divided" speech at the Republican State Convention in Springfield as the Republican senatorial nominee.

After Lincoln was assassinated in 1865, his body was transported by train from Washington to Springfield, where he was interred at Oak Ridge Cemetery. Today, he, Mary Todd, and three of his sons are buried with him in Springfield. A 117 foot-tall obelisk rises over the site in tribute.

New Salem

New Salem, Illinois, was the village in which Abraham Lincoln spent six years before leaving for Springfield. Upon his twenty first birthday, Lincoln left his family homestead to find his own way. Many boys in similar situations were hired to steer cargo in flatboats down the Mississippi River to be sold in southern ports such as New Orleans.

Lincoln arrived in New Salem in 1831, when the flatboat he and some friends had been hired to navigate to New Orleans became stuck on a dam on the Sangamon River near the village. Lincoln ingeniously figured out that drilling a hole in the bottom of the boat would cause it to ease over the dam. Lincoln impressed a local merchant who offered him employment in New Salem upon his return which he eagerly accepted. When he made it back to New Salem, the store in which he was to work in had not opened yet, so he did odd jobs on the river and in town.

Lincoln became a popular citizen of New Salem and decided to run for the Illinois State Legislature. His aspirations were interrupted in 1832 when he left New Salem to fight in the Black Hawk War. Upon his return, he continued campaigning. Although he would finish 8th in the overall election, he garnered over 92% of the vote from New Salem. Not bad for his first election!

In 1833, Lincoln would be appointed as postmaster and later as surveyor of New Salem. That same year he endeavored to study law and by 1836 had procured his law license, which required him to travel 20 miles to Springfield to get the necessary books. In 1837, Lincoln decided to leave New Salem for Springfield for the purposes of establishing his own law practice.

Back to Top

Spencer County, Indiana

Abraham Lincoln lived in Spencer County, Indiana from ages 7-21. It was here, when he was only nine years old, when he mother died of what was called milk sickness, a deadly ailment caused by eating the meat or drinking the milk of an animal that has consumed white snakeroot.  Soon after his mother’s death, his father married Sarah Bush Johnston. Johnston recognized Abe’s intellectual talents and encouraged him to pursue education. Though Lincoln never had the opportunity to attend school on a regular basis, he sometimes walked several miles to the nearest school set up by a traveling teacher. Lincoln himself admitted that the total amount of schooling he received in his childhood was no more than twelve months; nevertheless, he became an excellent reader, learned to write, measure, and make division and multiplication calculations. Abraham took his studies very seriously. Without paper in the house to practice his writing and math, he often did arithmetic on the back of a wooden spoon using charcoal as a makeshift pencil. Lincoln described where he grew up and the opportunities for education in the following quote:

"It was," he once wrote, "a wild region, with many bears and other wild animals still in the woods. There I grew up. There were some schools, so-called, but no qualification was ever required of a teacher beyond "readin', writin', and cipherin'" to the Rule of Three. If a straggler supposed to understand Latin happened to sojourn in the neighborhood, he was looked upon as a wizard."

During his time in Spencer County, Abe grew to six feet four inches tall. He was larger than virtually all of the other boys who lived near him and was said to be able to outrun, out jump, and outwrestle all of them.

Back to Top

Lexington, Kentucky

Mary Todd House

Photo: Mary Todd Lincoln House by Sydney Poore

Mary Todd Lincoln was born on December 13, 1818, in Lexington, Kentucky.   Mary was born into a life of luxury. Her father was a prominent banker and served in the Kentucky General Assembly for 24 years.  In 1832, her family moved to what would become the Mary Todd Lincoln House in Lexington. It would become the first historic site to be restored in honor of a First Lady and remains on the National Register of Historic Places.  The house was originally built at the turn of the 19th century and served as an inn and tavern known as “The Sign of the Green Tree” before the Todd family purchased it.

Back to Top

Hodgenville, Kentucky

Abraham Lincoln was born on February 12, 1809, in Hardin County, Kentucky,  to Thomas and Nancy Lincoln in their one room log cabin on their farm known as Sinking Spring (near modern-day Hodgenville, Kentucky). Although Thomas lacked formal education, he was an excellent farmer and carpenter, and often times served a member of the jury. Thomas and Nancy joined a small Baptist church in the area that had broken away from the larger church over the issue of slavery.

When Abe was two, the family moved to nearby Knob Creek Farm, where Abe's first memories of his childhood were formed. Because of difficulties his father had with the title to the farm, Thomas Lincoln moved his family to Pigeon Creek, Indiana in 1816.

Back to Top

Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

Lincoln at Gettysburg

On November 22, 1863, President Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address at the dedication of the Soldiers National Cemetery at Gettysburg. The 272 word speech, which followed a two hour address by Harvard professor Edward Everett, would become one of the greatest speeches in American history. In the speech, Lincoln described the Civil War as a struggle that would re-define the idea of freedom as well as the notion of equality for all citizens. Furthermore that the American form of democracy, " government of the people, by the people, for the people" as he described it, was threatened with destruction.

Back to Top

New York City

On February 27, 1860, Abe was invited to speak before a crowd of powerful republicans at Cooper Union (a university) in New York City. Abe’s anti-slavery speech, in which he claimed the Founding Fathers and authors of the Declaration of independence would have prohibited the extension of slavery into new territories, left a lasting impression on the members of the audience and propelled him to legitimacy among the Republican candidates running for presidency.  The powerful publisher Horace Greeley called it “one of the most happiest and most convincing political arguments ever made in this City ... No man ever made such an impression on his first appeal to a New-York audience” . After the speech, Abe decided that he would at least make an attempt for the Republican nomination to the presidency. He assembled a team of devoted campaigners who called Lincoln “The Rail Candidate”.

Back to Top

Baltimore, Maryland

Image of Lincoln fleeing Baltimore - Harper's Weekly 1861

During the Civil War, Baltimore, located in the border state of Maryland, was a hotbed for southern sympathizers. When Abraham Lincoln was elected as the 16th president of the United States, at least seven citizens of the city were said to have planned a plot to assassinate the president-elect, as his inauguration train traveled through Baltimore on its way to Washington. Several conspirators were apparently ready to stab Lincoln as he switched trains at Baltimore's President Street Station.

Lincoln and his security team had obtained information about the plot. As a result, Lincoln rode a secret train through Baltimore in the middle of the night, rather than the train he was supposed to have ridden. Many critics charged Lincoln with cowardice for slipping through the city in such a manner and political cartoons were drawn making fun of him in newspapers across the nation. Other accounts told of him riding the train disguised as an Irishman in a kilt.

Lincoln's actions, and the subsequent arrest of several of the conspirators, galvanized Baltimore against the Union cause. On April 19, 1861, Southern sympathizers in the city rioted against movements of Union troops through Baltimore. In what came to be known as the Pratt Street Riot, 12 civilians were killed and over 30 Union soldiers were injured.

Back to Top

City Point, Virginia

With General Ulysses S. Grant securing victories for the Union Army from his headquarters at City Point, outside of Petersburg, President Lincoln, his wife, and his son Tad, traveled to visit General Grant via boat to verify the victorious reports on March 12, 1865, and to escape the pressures of Washington.

During his stay, Lincoln met with General Grant to plan the strategies for the end of the war. By this time, the war was virtually over and the Confederates were on the run, or, starving inside Petersburg, surrounded on all sides by the Union siege. Lincoln's presence for two weeks at City Point thrilled the Union soldiers encamped there. Nobody knew that these were among the last weeks of his life. It was during his stay at City Point, where President Lincoln dreamed of his assassination - that would occur in reality the following month.

Back to Top

Washington, D.C.

Upon ascending to the presidency, President Lincoln and his family moved into the White House in Washington, D.C. From the White House, Lincoln and his advisors prosecuted the Civil War from the Union side. Lincoln was said to be a man of little pretension in the White House, treating all visitors equally and frequently entertaining the pleas of anyone who wished to work for the Federal Government. Lincoln's two aides, John Hay and John Nicolay lived in a corner bedroom on the second floor of the White House.

During his presidency, Lincoln's sons had full reign of the White House, and often interrupted important meetings looking for their father. The President was apparently amused by the antics of his sons and never reprimanded them. The public, not used to having children in the White House, showered them with gifts, one of which was a pony. In 1862, however, Lincoln's son Willie died of typhoid fever, plunging the President and his wife into deep depression.

On April 14, 1865, just five days after the surrender of the Confederacy, President Lincoln was shot as he watched a play in Ford's Theater by John Wilkes Booth. He died the following morning at the Petersen Boarding House across the street from the theater. Today, there are reminders of Lincoln throughout Washington. The Lincoln Memorial is one of the most visited memorials in the nation. It was from the steps of the memorial, overlooking the Reflecting Pool, where Dr. Martin Luther King delivered his famous "I have a Dream Speech" in front of a quarter million Civil Rights protesters.

Back to Top


Abraham Lincoln Articles

Abraham Lincoln Reading Comprehension (Grades 5 and up). These Include Between 7-10 Critical-Thought, Multiple Choice Qustions. Online Versions Give Immediate Feedback and Score Reports

Abraham Lincoln Activities

  • Important Places in the Life of Abraham Lincoln Interactive Map - This interactive map allows students to explore the important places in Abraham Lincoln's life such as New Salem, Springfield, New York City, and many others.
  • Mr. Polk's War - This captivating printable requires students to understand the concept of manifest destiny and to conduct a mock interview in which they answer tough questions in the role of Abraham Lincoln (against the Mexican-American War) and in the role of President James K. Polk (in support of the war).
  • Futility Versus Immortality - This activity requires students to analyze the qualities of poor leaders such as Franklin Pierce and James Buchanan and contrast them with a leader such as Abraham Lincoln.
  • I'll Always Remember Where I Was - This historical prompts requires students to imagine the earth-shaking effect the news of the Emancipation Proclamation had on Americans in 1862. In the spirit of the Emancipation Proclamation, students must write about the biggest news event of their lives and describe its impact.
  • The Power of Dreams - This printout describes Abraham Lincoln's famous dream about his own assassination and then requires students to describe and draw a scene from a powerful dream they've had.
  • Oh Captain! My Captain! - This printout describes Walt Whitman's famous Oh Captain! My Captain! elegy to President Lincoln and then asks students to think of their own hero and to write a similar poem.
  • Primary Source Analysis - Lincoln's Letter to Fanny McCollough This printable activity requires students to analyze a famous condolence letter written by Abraham Lincoln to a teenage girl after her father was killed in the Civil War.
  • With Malice for None, With Charity for All Decoding Puzzle - This activity requires students to decode and interpret the famous presidential quote uttered by Abraham Lincoln.
  • Dr. Samuel Mudd - Critical Thought Questions The printable narrative that describes the role Dr. Mudd played after Lincoln's assassination. It includes three short-answer questions regarding the main ideas of the article content, critical thought about the content, and vocabulary from the passage.
  • Ms. Laura Keene - Critical Thought Questions This printable narrative that describes the role Ms. Laura Keene played after Lincoln's assassination. It includes three short-answer questions regarding the main ideas of the article content, critical thought about the content, and vocabulary from the passage.
  • The Execution of Mary Surratt - Critical Thought Questions - This printable narrative describes the circumstances in the Mary Surratt execution . It includes four short-answer questions regarding the main ideas of the article content, critical thought about the content, and vocabulary from the passage.
  • Abraham Lincoln Paragraph Paramedics - Find and correct the spelling, punctuation, and usage errors in the paragraph. Click on the error and then type in the correction. Immediate feedback is given.
  • Presidential Quotes - This activity first requires students to match the famous quote with the president. Next, students must choose their favorite quote and attempt to explain it in detail.
  • Presidential Heights - Did you know James Madison was the shortest president? Did you know Abraham Lincoln was the tallest president? This fun math activity requires students to answer questions about the heights of presidents by viewing the bar graph and making conversions from feet to inches and inches to feet.
  • Printable Presidents Word Search
  • - All 45 are in there!
  • Illinois State Quarter (Featuring Lincoln) Coloring
  • Lincoln Memorial Coloring
  • Lincoln Home National Historic Site Video

Online Games Involving Lincoln

  • Presidential Mismatch - Students must rearrange the presidential chart so that the presidents are in the correct order in which they served. The number of presidents used in the game is customizable. The timer allows for friendly competitions. Students who enjoy history will love this game!
  • Currency Mismatch - This is a wildly fun game that requires students to drag and drop the correct presidential faces to their correct dollar bills. The game is timed and makes for awesome friendly competitions within a classroom.
  • Glamour Legends - This fun game allows students to dress up George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Benjamin Franklin, Harriet Tubman, or Christopher Columbus in more modern, or more primitive clothes.
  • Presidents Word Search - This is an online word search with the 45 presidents. Choose with or without a timer.

United States Presidents

 1. George Washington  16. Abraham Lincoln  32. Franklin D. Roosevelt
 2. John Adams  17. Andrew Johnson  33. Harry S. Truman
 3. Thomas Jefferson  18. Ulysses S. Grant  34. Dwight D. Eisenhower 
 4. James Madison  19. Rutherford B. Hayes  35. John F. Kennedy
 5. James Monroe  20. James A. Garfield  36. Lyndon B. Johnson
 6. John Quincy Adams  21. Chester A. Arthur  37. Richard Nixon
 7. Andrew Jackson  22/24. Grover Cleveland  38. Gerald R. Ford
 8. Martin Van Buren  23. Benjamin Harrison  39. Jimmy Carter
 9. William Henry Harrison  25. William McKinley  40. Ronald Reagan
10. John Tyler  26. Theodore Roosevelt  41. George H.W. Bush
11. James K. Polk  27. William Howard Taft  42. Bill Clinton
12. Zachary Taylor  28. Woodrow Wilson  43. George W. Bush
13. Millard Fillmore  29. Warren G. Harding  44. Barack Obama
14. Franklin Pierce  30. Calvin Coolidge  45. Donald J. Trump
15. James Buchanan  31. Herbert Hoover  


Upgrade to MrN 365 to access our entire library of incredible educational resources and teacher tools in an ad-free environment. If you like MrNussbaum.com, you will LOVE MrN 365!

Learn More