Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Top 10 150th Anniversary of the Assassination of President Abraham Lincoln.

At no time in the history of the United States did a Victory Celebration (Surrender at Appomattox) turn so quickly into a Tragic Time of Mourning (the Assassination of President Abraham Lincoln).



1.  With the exception of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C., in my opinion nothing illustrates President Lincoln more than the painting by George P. A. Healy.  It is titled, The Peacemakers. The original painting was destroyed by fire and a copy was discovered in a family storeroom in Chicago. That copy was acquired by the White House. Robert Todd Lincoln considered it the "most excellent" likeness of his father in existence. The painting was displayed in the Treaty Room of the White House from the Kennedy through the George W. Bush presidencies. The Obama administration moved the painting to the private President's Dining Room, where it currently hangs.  Right away I thought, why would they move it?  Then I looked closer into it and if I have my facts correct, the current President's Dining Room was known as the Lincoln Bedroom, from 1929 to 1948. Prior to that it was used by Lincoln as an office.  That makes sense to me. I like the Treaty Room idea also.

2. Click on this link to see it and listen to Art in the White House for more details about the painting, The Peacemakers. "With malice toward none and with charity to all", note the rainbow. In the painting Grant, Sherman, President Lincoln and David Porter are depicted on the Union steamer River Queen.

3.   Pictured in the blog link is Lincoln's favorite horse Old Bob, which had been sold into service pulling a wagon. The animal walked in the procession to the cemetery in Springfield, Illinois, led by a local African-American minister who had worked for the Lincolns as a handyman. Information obtained from (National Geographic) the photograph is on display at the Museum of Mourning Art, Arlington Cemetery in Drexel Hill, PA as well as the photograph seen below it of Lincoln's funeral procession in Philadelphia.




This drawing of the Funeral Car used to carry President Lincoln body in Philadelphia can also been seen at Museum of Mourning Art, Arlington Cemetery in Drexel Hill, PA.





  • Title: "Lincoln's Funeral," Philadelphia / taken by Ridgeway (i.e. Ridgway) Glover.
  • Creator(s): Glover, Ridgway, 1831-1866, photographer
  • Date Created/Published: [Philadelphia?] : [Schreiber and Sons], [April 1865]
  • Medium: 1 photograph : print on card mount ; sheet 8 x 17 cm. (stereograph format)
  • Summary: Photograph shows Abraham Lincoln's casket conveyed by funeral car through the crowd on Broad Street in Philadelphia, April 22, 1865. (Source: Kunhardt, Dorothy Meserve, and Philip B, Twenty Days: A Narrative in text and pictures of the assassination of Abraham Lincoln...New York: Harper and Row, Inc., 1965, p. 149.) Repository: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.print



5. The bodies of Abraham Lincoln and his son Willie were first placed in a receiving vault on May 4, 1865, in Springfield, Illinois, moved in December and later placed at their final resting place once the monument was built at Oak Ridge Cemetery.

  • Title: Lincoln's tomb / photographed by C. H. Hall, Springfield, Illinois
  • Creator(s): Hall, C.H., photographer
  • Date Created/Published: [Springfield?] : [publisher not identified] [May 1865]
  • Medium: 1 photograph : print on card mount ; sheet 8 x 17 cm. (stereograph format)
  • Summary: Photograph shows the public receiving tomb of Abraham Lincoln at Oak Ridge Cemetery. One man is seated in the foreground and another man stands at the entrance to the vault along with two soldiers in uniform.(Source: Kunhardt, Dorothy Meserve, and Philip B, Twenty Days: A Narrative in text and pictures of the assassination of Abraham Lincoln...New York: Harper and Row, Inc., 1965, p. 249.)

 

Later his body was moved to the National Lincoln Monument at Oak Ridge Cemetery.

[Large crowd watching crane lift box containing Abraham Lincoln's body above grave in front of Lincoln Memorial at Springfield, Ill.]

  • Digital ID: (digital file from b&w film copy neg.) cph 3b10584 http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/cph.3b10584
  • Reproduction Number: LC-USZ62-62947 (b&w film copy neg.)
  • Repository: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA

6. National Lincoln Monument, Oak Ridge Cemetery, Springfield, Illinois is the final resting place for Abraham Lincoln, his wife Mary, and three of their four sons, Edward, William, and Thomas. The eldest son, Robert T. Lincoln, is buried in Arlington National Cemetery. According to the website, Oak Ridge Cemetery is the second most visited cemetery in the United States. I venture to guess Arlington National Cemetery would be the first. The illustration is interesting asit depicts a wounded country.
  • Digital ID: (bandw film copy neg.) cph 3b38659 http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/cph.3b38659
  • Reproduction Number: LC-USZ62-92350 (b&w film copy neg.)
  • Repository: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.print.

7. Lincoln's cabin 1891 photograph from the Library of Congress website.
  • Title: Front view of a portion of the Lincoln cabin with a group composed of Mrs. Norah Gridley, Miss Mary Coleman, the typewriter, the brothers Megar, architects, and Mr. Stille, and showing young Hall a great grandson of Tho Lincoln looking through the window of the east room of the cabin / Root, Kimball Hall Studio, 243 Wabash Ave., Chicago.
  • Creator(s): Root, W. J., photographer
  • Date Created/Published: c1891.
a link to what the cabin looked like in 1940. The cabin is not currently open to the public according to the NPS website.  It is under construction with hopes of completion in late 2015.


Local events: 

8. April 16th Sanderson Museum: Two years after the speech in Gettysburg that touched the nation, President Abraham Lincoln died at the hands of John Wilkes Booth. This important statesman was assassinated in 1865, 150 years ago, while watching “Our American Cousins” with his wife, Mary Todd Lincoln, at Ford’s Theatre in Washington, DC.  Chris Sanderson memorialized this famous man by collecting many very interesting and unusual artifacts which will be on display for this special exhibit. 5-8 p.m. A Preview Event sponsored by Galer Estate Vineyard and Winery will be held on Thursday, April 16 from 5pm to 8pm.  The exhibit will be on display until July 31. Event information is available on Facebook.  The event is open to the public so please share the event with you friends. 
9. Museum of Mourning Art Arlington Cemetery in Drexel Hill, PA has the Lincoln Room and a special 150th Anniversary display.

10. The Heritage Center of the Union League in Philadelphia exhibit Triumph to Tragedy opened on March 24. The exhibits are open to the public Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., and the second Saturday of every month from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Around the country:
April 14 - Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library presents A Vigil for President Lincoln (An Evening of Readings) at the Union Theater in Springfield, Illinois.

April 15 A Day of Remembrance at Union Square Park in Springfield, Illinois. Click on the link for details.

The Ford's Theater where Lincoln was shot in Washington D.C. is offering a Special Behind the Scenes Tour on April 14 and 15.

Ford’s Theatre will be marking the occasion with a Lincoln Tribute.  The Tribute will consist of a 36 hour period of nonstop activities including orators reciting some of Lincoln’s favorite poetry, This event will also be streamed live at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery and online.

April 15th:  Wreath Laying Ceremony at the Petersen House in Washington, D.C. at 7:22 a.m. 

May 3 Oak Ridge Cemetery May 3, 2015 – Lincoln Funeral Re-enactment at Oak Ridge Cemetery (www.lincolnfuneraltrain.org
**NOTE: ALL CEMETERY ROADS WILL BE CLOSED TO VEHICLE TRAFFIC FROM 7:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M. ON SUNDAY, MAY 3, 2015 FOR THE LINCOLN FUNERAL EVENT**.


In many questionnaires, who is your favorite president, Lincoln always makes the top 3, in many cases he is number 1. People are attracted to him, he is a popular guy.




Lincoln touches our lives every day if we have any cents.

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