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    [Abraham Lincoln]: War Department Telegram Describing the Assassination. 7 ¾" x 9 ¾" manuscript, 3 pp. with integral leaf, headed "Office Annapolis Telegraph Company", a contemporary copy of a telegram sent by the War Department to General John Dix, head of the Department of the East. Signed on page 3: "Official J. H. Weeks OAAG [Office of the Assistant Adjutant General]" The telegram was apparently sent on April 15, 1865 and recounts the events of the previous 24 hours, including the assassination of President Lincoln, the attempted assassination of William Seward, the death of Seward's son [erroneous], the identity of the presidential assassin, the investigation into the assassination and the swearing-in of Vice President Johnson. In part: "... A letter found on Booth's trunk identifies him as the President's murderer. A reward of $10,000 is offered to any one arresting either of the assassins. Gen. Grant was not here went to Philadelphia. As the assassin jumped from the box of the stage he cried Sic Semper Tyrannis the south is avenged. The President died at 7.30."


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