A Day of Mourning

abraham-lincolnApril 15, 1865 — At 7:22 a.m. today, Abraham Lincoln, the 16th president of the United States, died from a bullet wound inflicted the night before by John Wilkes Booth, an actor and Confederate sympathizer.

The president’s death came only six days after Confederate General Robert E. Lee surrendered his massive army at Appomattox, effectively ending the American Civil War.

Sources: this-day-in-history, loc.gov

Words of Wisdom for April 15, 2017

“Now he belongs to the ages.”

— Unconscious, Lincoln was carried from Ford's Theatre to the nearby house of Williams Peterson at 453 10th Street. There, in a room rented to William Clark, a boarder, Abraham Lincoln died at 7:22 a.m., April 15, 1865. The artist's conception of the deathbed scene is shown here with the dying President surrounded by his family, members of the Cabinet, (excluding Seward, who had been seriously stabbed in an assassination attempt the same night), officers, and physicians. When Lincoln died Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton is reported to have uttered his famous remark; April 15, 1865, 7:22 a.m.