President Lincoln and Stray Cats

At General Ulysses S. Grant‘s headquarters in City Point, Va., during the siege of Petersburg in March 1865, just weeks before his assassination, Lincoln found his attention distracted by the sound of mewing kittens.

Admiral David Porter wrote later that he was struck by the sight of the president “tenderly caressing three stray kittens. It well illustrated the kindness of the man’s disposition, and showed the childlike simplicity which was mingled with the grandeur of his nature.”


The Sappington-Concrd Historical Society takes a bus tour Thursday, August 21.
Lincoln fans as well as cat lovers are both welcome on this one day “Re-discover the Richness of Springfield” bus tour.

Learn more about the tour and make your reservation at Summer 2014 Bus Tour.

Abraham Lincoln’s Cats

“Abraham Lincoln’s cats included Tabby and Dixie. The president also brought a few strays into the White House.” From: