The signature ‘Abraham Lincoln’ on our new cover comes, through the courtesy of Michelle Krowl, from the Library of Congress’s John G. Nicolay Papers on his March 4, 1861, appointment as private secretary.

James B. Conroy is the author, among other books, of Our One Common Country: Abraham Lincoln and the Hampton Roads Peace Conference of 1865, a finalist for the Gilder Lehrman Lincoln Prize in 2015, and of Lincoln’s White House: The People’s House in Wartime, which shared the Lincoln Prize and won the Abraham Lincoln Institute’s annual book award in 2017. He practiced law in Boston for 38 years.

E.Phelps Gay is a graduate of Princeton University and Tulane University School of Law. A native of New Orleans, he has practiced law since 1979 and is a past president of the Louisiana State Bar Association. He has contributed articles and book reviews to Lincoln Lore, including “Lincoln’s Letter to Colonel Elmer Ellsworth’s Parents: A Study in Literary Excellence,” and has delivered Continuing Legal Education speeches on Lincoln’s career as a lawyer.

Allen C. Guelzo is Thomas W. Smith Distinguished Research Scholar & Director, Initiative on Politics and Statesmanship, James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions, at Princeton University. His intellectual biography Abraham Lincoln: Redeemer President (Eerdmans, 1998) was reissued in a 2nd edition in late 2022 from that publisher.

Glenn W. LaFantasie is the Richard Frockt Family Professor of Civil War History Emeritus, Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green. He is at work on a book for Oxford University Press: Our Union to Restore: Abraham Lincoln, Ulysses S. Grant, and the American Civil War.

Kevin Portteus is the Lawrence Fertig professor of politics and director of American studies at Hillsdale College. His article “‘My Beau Ideal of a Statesman’: Abraham Lincoln’s Eulogy on Henry Clay” appeared in the Summer 2020 issue of this Journal.

Gerald Prokopowicz is professor of history at East Carolina University. He is the author of Did Lincoln Own Slaves?: And Other Frequently Asked Questions about Abraham Lincoln (2009) and since 2004 the host of the podcast “Civil War Talk Radio.”