The Bahamas had served as a haven for Confederate blockade runners during the American Civil War, but as a British territory, it shared the shock and disbelief of the rest of the British Empire at President Lincoln's death.

The legislature of the Bahamas resolved, without dissent, to express its "deep regret" at the news of President Lincoln's assassination and to tender to his family and the American people its "expression of sincere sympathy at this calamitous event."