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Louis and Lincoln: Their Battles, Bondage, Binds, Bodies, and Buildings
This article covers fascinating similarities between France’s Louis XVI and America’s Abraham Lincoln regarding rights of prisoners in police custody, especially for insurrection. With many opportune publication times, the first might be 27 April 2021, the 160th-anniversary of Lincoln’s Habeas Corpus Suspension, aka “American Bastille.”
What do Louis XVI and Lincoln have in common?
1. Battles: a. Louis XIV: Storming of the Bastille, French Revolution b. Lincoln: Firing on Ft. Sumter, American Civil War
2. Bondage: a. While France no longer had land-bound serfs, peasants were bound by heavy debts to aristocrats. Many prisoners were mistakenly viewed to be held in the Bastille. b. America had slaves and would soon have prisoners denied due process.
a. (i) Louis XVI wanted to destroy the Bastille and replace it with a public plaza dedicated to him as the “restorer of public freedom.” (ii) Lincoln wanted to save the Union, but prohibiting slavery spread set off the Civil War.
b. (i) Louis XVI was torn between aristrocrat and Third Estate demands. Vacillation between keeping promises to each group brought unstoppable violence. (ii) To fight his war, Lincoln found significant numbers of Southern sympathizers in the North. He revoked the Writ of Habeas Corpus and had many of them imprisoned without trial for extended periods throughout the war.
4: Bodies: Both Louis XVI and Lincoln, viewed as freedom-lovers by many but tyrants by their executioners, “took it in the head.” Louis XVI by the guillotine, Lincoln by gunshot.
5. Buildings: Besides Versailles, the Bastille was most associated with Louis XVI. Today, the Lincoln Memorial is most associated with Lincoln. Their architectural similarities are striking.
Lincoln was born in 1809, one score of years after the beginning of the French Revolution with the Storming of the Bastille in 1789.
Why would anyone think that America’s Bastille, if America has one, looks like the Lincoln Memorial?
The article would compare the sometimes arbitrary and
tenuously legal imprisonment during the American Civil War with the mostly
arbitrary yet totally legal imprisonment prior to the Storming of the Bastille
at the start of the French Revolution, 14 July 1789, some 70 years earlier.
Below are two written imprisonment orders, one from French King Louis XVI, the
other from President Abraham Lincoln.
Lettre de Cachet,
Louis XVI, Habeas Corpus Suspension Letter,
Imprisonment Order Lincoln to GEN Winfield Scott
Execution of Louis XVI Assassination of Abraham Lincoln
In addition, the article would compare buildings. If the Bastille was Louis XVI’s building, which building today signifies Abraham Lincoln’s building? The Lincoln Memorial? Several photographs show the amazing similarities between the French Bastille and the Lincoln Memorial are available:
Building measurements for the Lincoln Memorial can be found at https://www.nps.gov/linc/learn/historyculture/lincoln-memorial-building-statistics.htm
measurements can be found at:
Civil War (the Fronde insurrection)
was fought in front of the Bastille in 1652. Louis XIV
was Louis XVI's 3x-great-grandfather.
"The [Fronde] insurrection did not start with revolutionary goals; it aimed to protect the ancient liberties from royal encroachments and to defend the established rights of the parlements – courts of appeal rather than legislative bodies like the English parliaments – and especially the right of the Parlement of Paris to limit the king's power by refusing to register decrees that ran against custom." https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Fronde
Storming of the Bastille (insurrection) and the beginning of the French Revolution, 14 July 1789
Confederates fire on Ft. Sumter, Charleston, SC,12 April 1861; Confederate Insurrection: beginning of the American Civil War.
Bottom-line, there are many intriguing similarities between Louis and Lincoln, both in behavior and in buildings.
Opportunities to publish:
21 January 2021; 21 January 1793, 228th anniversary Louis XVIth execution by guillotine
12 April 2021; 12 April 1861, 160th anniversary, Firing on Ft. Sumter.
27 April 2021; 27 April 1861,160th anniversary Habeas Corpus Suspension
27 May 2021; 27
May 1861, 160th anniversary Habeas Corpus Suspension Challenged
Juneteenth 2021; 19 June 1865, 156th anniversary Slavery ended in TX
14 July 2021; 14 July 1789, 231st-anniversary Storming of the Bastille, with an intriguing “Spirit of 76” years between France’s 1789 and America’s 1865.
22 September 2021; 22 September 1862, 159th-anniversary Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation
from William J. Bahr, author of George Washington’s Liberty Key, a
best-seller at Mount Vernon, and many other published articles and books. A
My most recent article, “WHY Leaders of Character,” is being targeted for publication in the April issue of West Point Magazine.
Copyright © W. J. Bahr
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