Dumbarton Marks Lincoln's March 1863 Visit with a Dramatic Monologue

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On Sunday, March 6, 2022, Dumbarton United Methodist Church commemorated Abraham Lincoln’s March 8, 1863, visit to the church, where he "was moved to tears," according to the former Washington Star.  Parishioner Rob MacDougall played President Lincoln in a dramatic monologue now posted on our YouTube site here.  Lincoln came to hear his friend, Bishop Matthew Simpson, give the first sermon after the church’s decommissioning as a hospital for the wounded from Bull Run and other nearby Civil War battles.  The monologue has Lincoln recalling the abolitionist bishop’s message the following autumn, as the President was gathering his thoughts to give the Gettysburg Address.