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    Abraham Lincoln: 1865 Soldiers Assassination Diary. Excellent content diary kept by Theodore Sargent. He is likely the Theodore Sargent that served with the Mass. 10th, 20th, and 37th Infantry due to references to Massachusetts in the back of the diary. The diary begins in August of 1861, and has historical notations up to the capture of Confederate President Jefferson Davis. The diary is approximately 100 pages (front and back) and has notations in both pen and pencil, and looks as if he was stationed in Washington, DC. Reads in part: "April 3, 1865....Richmond captured at excitement never have yet seen....clerks poured in the halls and filled them with shouting". He continues "Capture or surrender of Lee's army Sunday April 9, 1865 Great rejoicing. Murder of President Lincoln at Fords Theater Friday night by J. Wilkes Booth, greatest gloom I ever felt....". Sargent continues...."DEATH LINCOLN Friday April 14, 1865, Went to bed about 10PM got about half asleep when Mr. Reyhold came up and informed me the Prest. Lincoln had been shot at Fords Theatre, could hardly believe it. Tried to sleep but could not, got up and went down to Fords Theatre, crowd surrounding the street, body guard keeping them off. Also heard the Seward had been stabbed". On the following page in bold ink Sargent writes "Wednesday April 19th, 1865 Burial President Lincoln, office decided on Tuesday to take part in the procession today of the burial of our beloved President"....he continues to write about going down where the crowd is to the Capitol Building where the body will be kept until Friday. Sargent continues to write about happenings in Washington, DC and ends with "Sunday May 14, 1865 News Received of the capture of Jeff Davis at Irwinsville, Ga. 75 miles from E of Macon on the morning of the 10 inst together with his entire staff....Trial of "The Conspirators comd (commenced) May 9, 1865....". A fine diary kept by a soldier that was in the mist of a seminal moment in our countries history.

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