Description[Abraham Lincoln] Perham Family Letters (Three) Regarding Lincoln's Assassination. (1) Aurestus S. Perham Autograph Letter Signed. Three pages, 7.75" x 10", April 15, 1865, "Head Qrs. Camp Barry DC." to his sister, Georgia Perham (both were the progeny of Congressman [and future Governor] Sidney Perham of Maine). In part: "At 1 a.m. this morning the adj: came to my window and informed me of the murder of the President. At 2 a.m. a note was sent to Gen. Tho. by 'Officer of the day' informing him of it. After some inquiries two Batteries were ordered to be harnessed and a strong guard at each Battery. Tonite a number of men from this camp[?] were at the Theatre last night and saw the whole affair. Until 9 a.m. we understood that the wound was not dangerous, at which time the new use reached eyes by the lowering of all the flags to half Mast. A man in the Adj. Office from Baltimore says that he lives very near the murderer, says that his Father was insane before him at first he could hardly believe it to be him." The author further informs his sister of the foiled plans of "a large number of men enlisted under several Officers" to slaughter the Confederate prisoners at the Old Capital Prison ("There is quite a feeling among the Soldiers toward these Rebel Deserters. They appear to have a great dislike for them"). The letter also reports that "the Presidents little boy (some 12 years) came out in his night cloaths [sic] and endeavored to go with the carriage saying that if 'Father was Dead he was going to see him.'"
(2) Sidney Perham Autograph Letter Signed to daughter Fannie. One page, 5" x 8", n.d. [ca. April 17, 1865]. The future governor of Maine writes, "We are all feeling sad, beyond the power of expression, at the news of the Presidents assassination." (3) On the verso, Perham's daughter writes "Sister Fan" in part, "Aint the news real bad they have got the flag draped in mourning and Kimbals[?] folks have got their flag out with black around it." All letters have folds and are in fine condition.
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