Lois Leveen


February 20, 2012

Till You See the What of Their Eyes?

President's Day Factoid: if the main character of your novel were about to look Abraham Lincoln in the eye, how would you know what color those eyes were?

Right after the Confederate capital of Richmond fell to the Union army, President Lincoln came to see the captured city. He visited the Confederate White House, which Jefferson Davis had fled, and even sat in Davis' office chair. You *know* I was not going to miss a chance to stage a scene in which Mary Bowser meets the man with whom she'd allied herself as a Union spy.

And thanks to a detail obtained for me by a very helpful gentleman from the Lincoln Presidential Library, Mary looks the Great Emancipator right in the grays of his peepers to congratulate him on the victory.
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