10 Interesting Facts About Abraham Lincoln. #4 Is The Reason He's My Favorite US President.
Lincoln's corpse was a target for thieves.
Even in death, Lincoln could not rest. A gang of counterfeiters, hoping to make some easy money and gain the release of one of their gang members, planned to steal Lincoln's corpse and hold it for ransom. They made it as far as opening his tomb – woefully protected by a single padlock – when they were nabbed by Secret Service agents who had infiltrated the gang and staked out the cemetery. To make sure that Lincoln was never the target of a plot again, his body was encased in a steel cage and entombed under 10 feet of concrete.
Lincoln was a hands-on commander-in-chief.
A tinkerer by nature and a man who liked being in the middle of action, Lincoln was known to personally test muskets and rifles around the White House, and was constantly meeting with and consulting with inventors producing prototypes for weapons. He personally attended test firings of artillery and cannons. This hands-on nature was not without danger, though: Lincoln would insist on visiting the front lines when Washington D.C. came under attack, and more than once would come under fire.