I was especially inspired by a small writing nook in his home where our tour guide said Lincoln wrote most of his "now-famous" speeches. Like many things in our own lives, he probably [certainly] had no idea of the impact his words/actions/beliefs would have on generations to come. It challenges me to use my words, my time, my efforts wisely.
And yes, Alexander did get to choose one souvenir. He choose a Union hat [because those are the BEST kind of soldiers, he said]. He wore his new purchase diligently for the rest of the trip [and scared no few pedestrians as he re-enacted battles on the Springfield sidewalks!]