Remembering Lincoln

On April 9, 1865, General Robert E. Lee surrendered the confederacy at the Appomattox Courthouse to General Ulysses S. Grant.

President Abraham Lincoln

This was after a tumultuous five-year battle, in which President Abraham Lincoln led the country and strived to find a way to end the division that was tearing the two sides apart.

Sadly, President Lincoln would not live to see the reconstruction plans he had already began to lay out to rebuild this war torn country.

Good Friday, April 14, 1865, began as any business day for President Lincoln. 

Abraham Lincoln

That evening, he and his wife, Mary, attended a play, Our American Cousin, at the Ford’s Theatre. 

During the Third Act, an actor and southern sympathizer, John Wilkes Booth, shot the President from behind.  Booth then jumped to the stage and fled.

The wounded president was carried across the street to the Peterson House, where he died nine hours later. 

Upon his death, Secretary of War Edwin Stanton said “now he belongs to the ages.”

Abraham Lincoln and George Washington consistently rank as the top two presidents of all time in various polls.

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