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    Lincoln Assassination: Period Commentary. Four letters (two with transmittal envelopes) written by ordinary citizens at the time of the assassination. 1) 1-page letter, Evansville, Indiana, April 16, 1865, from Osman D. Goff, Sergeant Major 129 Indiana Volunteers, in part: "... Such terrible news. The President has been murdered & the entire country mourns. The entire city is draped in mourning & minute guns have been firing all day. Well curse the traitors I say. I would like to have them all in a big gun & blow them to oblivion or some other sea port where the weather is warm." 2) 4-page letter, Waterloo, N.Y., April 16, 1865, in part: "... Isn't the murder of the President the most awful atrocious deed?... I hope most sincerely that the wretch will be caught and made an example of, for all time - and I hope no less earnestly that the Rebels & their sympathizers will find they have gained nothing in placing Andy Johnson in Abraham Lincoln's place. What a sad ending to the week of rejoicing!" 3) 4-page letter, Wilbraham, Massachusetts, April 16, 1865, written in a clear, but somewhat difficult to read hand, in part: "This is a mourning day in spite of sunshine and bracing air. And yet don't think I am hopelessly sad. No. As long as God lives we shall be provided for... Truly Abraham has been taken from us, rather our Moses has God called away... A glorious time for him to die... but how can we live without him? ... we have to be thankful that he was spared till the end was in view. How he had gained possession of us all! We hardly knew how much we loved him. He has gone & now let us pray that Johnson may nerve himself for the work..." 4) 2-page letter, Yuba County, California, April 16, 1865, excellent content on the local reaction to the assassination, in part: "... The Stage passed the toll gate an hour or two ago, and brought news that makes me feel desolate and lonely... that the President was shot while sitting in his seat in a theater and Seward fatally slashed... There was an awfully exciting time in San Francisco. The 'Secesh' were hunted as though they were wild animals. Five Printing Offices were completely gutted... It would not have been very healthy for a Secessionist to have got up in Montgomery St and said he was one. Day-light would have shined through his worthless carcass... Men were perfectly wild with sorrow and rage, and almost thirsted for blood..." Almost the entire letter deals passionately with the event and its impact.



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