Top of page. Tripp discusses three men at length and possible sustained relationships: Ann Rutledge was the daughter of a New Salem tavernkeeper with whom Lincoln boarded in Chamberlin's account does not indicate that Lincoln and Derickson sleeping together was scandalous, merely that it is notable. The second source for the story that Lincoln slept with Derickson is Thomas Chamberlin, an officer of the regiment that guarded Lincoln. It was a common practice in an era when private quarters were a rare luxury
A portrait of Abraham Lincoln.
Please re-enter. What Chamberlin found notable enough to deserve both a qualification "it is said" and an exclamation mark is that Derickson wore Lincoln's nightshirt. Thank you for subscribing. Jean H.