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    Lincoln Assassination: Period Commentary. Six [6] letters, three with envelopes, written by ordinary citizens at the time of Lincoln's assassination, expressing their feelings and reaction to the event. 1) 3-page letter from John Kimball to his parents, St. Louis, May 27, 1865, in part: "... It is surprising the rapidity with which events have transpired during the last two months... There is little doubt now that the so-called Confederacy will be consigned to as ignoble a grave as its worst enemies could desire and Jeff Davis will be hanged! I haven't a doubt of it and his distinguished co-plotters and co-perpetrators of high handed iniquity will swing with him, thanks to the God of Justice and the sterling mettle of Andrew Johnson..." 2) 4-page letter, Boston, April 25, 1865 with a brief reference to Lincoln ("...How were our rejoicings turned into mourning, & how dark seemed the Providence, which removed from us, our beloved President.") 3) 4-page letter, Burkesville Junction, Virginia, Headquarters Engineering Brigade, April 23, 1865 from Halsey Rhodes to his wife talking about army life, reports of the imminent capture of Johnston's army by General Sherman, in part: "...The Army was actually engaged until Lee's surrender which caused a general rejoicing and salutes were fired. Then came the assassination of our Chief Magistrate causing a sadness to prevail throughout the army such as never before was known..." 4) 4-page letter, n.p., April 24, 1865, expressing some non-mainstream views, in part: "...It feels a long time since Lincoln's death! Hard to realize, we thought 7th day that it is only a week! A week of grave events which seems more like a month crowded into those 7 days... how fearfully long & yet so fearfully short must time seem to Wilkes Booth... Poor Wilkes Booth! I suppose time to him has closed now; it makes me feel sad to read of it; more need to sorrow for the bad than the good! That hunting down seems dreadful! I wonder whether the excitement & fearful revengeful spirit among the public will subside now, or keep up till Herold and Atzerodt, and others that may be taken, are tried?... I hope Lincoln's widow will come out of this affliction sadder & wiser; she has been thought rather gay & ostentatious, & accounts tell she has felt her heavy loss deeply; the plan of giving a dollar apiece for make $100,000, what Lincoln would have received the next 4 years, for his family, is very pleasant." 5) 4-page letter, York, Pennsylvania, May 3, 1865 from Mollie Cox to her soldier brother, in part: "... the two great armies of Lee & Johnston have surrendered, and after four long , weary years of rebellion, they have at last found that there is no way in which they can overthrow this mighty & good government... their last resort was that of the assassination of our President which has caused a universal sorrow throughout the nation; but they have gained nothing by that, for by making Andrew Johnson president, they have only drawn the reins tighter on themselves..." 6) 3-page letter, Burkesville Junction, Virginia, Headquarters Engineering Brigade, April 16, 1865, from Halsey B. Rhodes to his wife (see item 3, above), in part: "... This morning we heard that Lincoln was shot through the head & killed & that Secretary Seward & Son had also been killed at Washington. I hear this afternoon that Lincoln is not killed but dangerously wounded. It has been reported that Johnston has surrendered and that Jeff Davis has been caught. The facts I cannot vouch for yet."


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