With the new Steven Spielberg movie “Lincoln” getting rave reviews, we thought we’d haul out some old film for a Face the State flashback of the one and only time Abraham Lincoln came to Hartford.
Of course, it is not film of the actual visit, but rather film from a documentary Channel 3 produced to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Lincoln’s visit in March of 1860. We hired actors to play Lincoln, Gideon Welles of Glastonbury who later was appointed Secretary of the Navy under President Lincoln, Hartford Mayor Timothy Allyn and others.
This was no Ben Hur production, but wasn’t bad for something shot in our television studio. It is well researched and as far as I can tell, historically accurate.
It is narrated by Dick Bertel, the former Channel 3 newsman. The documentary, “Lincoln in Hartford” ran 30 minutes. It’s fascinating. The background sets show Union Station, City Hall, and a drug store on Asylum as they appeared in 1860.
You can watch the entire documentary, “Lincoln in Hartford” right here: http://www.wfsb.com/video?autoStart=true&topVideoCatNo=default&clipId=8019111
Read more about Lincoln’s visit to Hartford in this article in the Hog River Journal http://connecticutexplored.org/issues/v03n04/lincolns_brilliance.htm