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    Lincoln's Assassination: A Graphic April 15, 1865 Letter from a Soldier on the Scene in Washington. Three pages, written to the author's sister, describing the events of that tragic night beginning at 1 A.M., "when two Batteries were ordered to be harnessed and a strong guard at each battery. Quite a number of men from this team were at the theater last night and saw the whole affair. Up to 9 A.M. we understood that the wound was not dangerous, at which time the news reached us by the lowering of all the flags to half-mast." An officer he knew "(lived) near the murderer, says that his Father was insane before him". He describes a mob of soldiers who massed "for the ostensible purpose of going in and burning the Old Capital Prison, and slaughtering the (Confederate) prisoners there confined. But for some reason they did not go." He poignantly describes the President's carriage leaving the White house carrying "the Presidents little boy (some 12 years old) who came out in his night clothes and endeavored to go with the carriage, saying that if his father was dead he was going to go see him." The letter declares "already almost every house in Washington City is dressed in mourning," and goes on to describe the activities of the local military as they honored the fallen President. A very special letter, measuring 7.5" x 9.5". Some age browning, over all excellent condition. The full letter is reproduced in our web site presentation of this lot.

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