We told the photographer we would have another picture taken if she could talk Abraham into joining us. He graciously agreed. While we were being set up he did say, "you know, Martin was a confederate." I told him that maybe he would feel a bit more comfortable knowing that he was also a relative. He knew that he was related to the Boones and Webbs, but he said he had never heard of the Bates connection.
He stayed totally in character. He is the same height as Lincoln at 6'4". He has been doing Lincoln for about ten years now. We got to talk to him for several minutes. So we met another famous relative while visiting the Bates.