Lincoln Assassination Letters Collection


Lincoln Assassination Letters Collection


Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865
Ford's Theatre (Washington, D.C.)
Booth, John Wilkes, 1838-1865


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Read contemporary accounts of the assassination of President Lincoln and the mourning and political uncertainty that gripped the nation following his death. 

These letters and documents are contained in manuscript collections in the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library.

Items in the Lincoln Assassination Letters Collection Collection

Captain of Company G, 21st Regiment Veterans Reserve Corps, Edward P. Hudson telegrams Captain James Evans, a provost marshal, to arrest, on orders of Secretary of War Edwin Stanton, Junius Brutus Booth, the brother of Lincoln's assassin, John Wilkes…

Emory writes to an unnamed doctor, asking for a letter of recommendation to Secretary of State William H. Seward for a consular position. In his letter, Emory discusses the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, the public mood in Washington, D.C., as…

T. V. Moore, a popular Presbyterian minister in Richmond, Virginia, writes to fellow minister Phineas D. Gurley, expressing the shock, sorrow, and consternation in Richmond on the news of the assassination of Abraham Lincoln.

R. E. Brown writes to his sister from Camp Curtain, Pennsylvania, relating news of Lincoln's assassination. Written on April 15, 1865, Brown had just received the news of President Lincoln's death. Brown also relates the widespread but inaccurate…

Helen DuBarry writes to her mother, providing a detailed account of the assassination of President Lincoln, which Helen witnessed as a member of the audience at Ford's Theatre on the night of April 14, 1865.

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