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Temple of the Union
Lincoln at the Temple of the Union.jpg
LeadershipHannibal Hamlin
FoundedHannibal Hamlin
Notable MembersHannibal Hamlin
Caleb Smith
Bill Seward
Simone Cameron
Four Score
Alejandra Torres
HeadquartersTemple of the Union
Lincoln Memorial (possibly)

Temple of the Union is a faction dedicated to help free and house escaped slaves in the Capital Wasteland of 2277. The Temple of the Union is a very fragile faction, with few combative capabilities. It owes it's survival mainly because of the remote location in with it's headquarters is.


This faction consists mainly of a small settlement, with emerged around the severed head of Lincoln, a portion of the statue from the Lincoln Memorial, and a random block from the memorial’s inscription. The Temple’s residents revere the head as a symbol of the Abolitionist movement. The entire compound is a haven for freed slaves and anti-slavery activists.[1]

The temple's leader, Hannibal Hamlin, dreams of a safe haven for would-be slaves, away from the slavers. Their respect of Abraham Lincoln is almost reverent, and they wish to set up their temple in the Lincoln Memorial - not only because it would be easier to defend, but because he is known to them for freeing all men from slavery in America. Because of this, Hannibal Hamlin will offer to buy any of Lincoln's artifacts.

Interactions with the player character

Initially, the members of the Temple treat the Lone Wanderer with suspicion, not knowing whether or not he is a spy for the slavers. However, since the Lone Wanderer can express interest in scouting the Lincoln Memorial for Hannibal Hamlin and finding a picture of the Lincoln Memorial for Caleb Smith, they will befriend the Lone Wanderer and accept him inside the Temple.

Alternatively, the Lone Wanderer can side with the slavers and kill the slaves at the Temple of the Union.

The Lone Wanderer can also double-cross the slavers by killing them after selling out the slaves. Once the slavers are dead, you can continue on the original quest, helping the slaves get to the Lincoln Memorial.

Hannibal Hamlin will also ask the Lone Wanderer to find historical artifacts related to Lincoln, paying high prices for the items symbolic meaning.


Temple of the Union appears only in Fallout 3.


  1. Fallout 3 Official Game Guide Game of the Year Edition p.333: "3.10: TEMPLE OF THE UNION (LAT 13/LONG 15)
    This small settlement literally sprung up around the severed head of Lincoln, a portion of the statue from the Lincoln Memorial, and a random block from the memorial's inscription. How it arrived in this remote spot is anyone's guess, but the Temple's residents now revere the head as a symbol of the Abolitionist movement. The Temple is a reasonably fortified ruined building; you're been greeted by Simone Cameron, a no-nonsense sentry wanting to know what you're doing here. Remain polite to enter the premises. She gives you a Key once she deems you trustworthy. Or you can unlock the front gate yourself. This usually leads to violence.
    You're told to meet with Hannibal before the Abolitionists will begin to speak freely with you. To remain on friendly terms, swear to protect the Temple of the Union. You are given the Temple of the Union Key as a symbol of their trust. You can now freely talk to all the Temple's inhabitants and explore their base. All the Abolitionists have Temple of the Union Keys to get in and out of the place. Caleb and Hannibal are also carrying a Storeroom Key. Conclude Miscellaneous Quest: Head of State favorably with the Abolitionists, and you receive Dart Gun Schematics."
    (Fallout 3 Game of the Year Edition Tour of the Capital Wasteland)