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Northerners across the country had reason to celebrate in mid-April 1865. The war had ended in a Union victory, with the Union restored and the emancipation of millions of African Americans from bondage. As celebrations in the forms of speeches, … Continue reading
Like so many historic sites, Ford’s Theatre in Washington D.C. is closed for guest and staff safety, with stage performances postponed. However, on this historic week when President Lincoln went to that theater one final time 155 years ago, we … Continue reading
Before we end “Ending the War,” we want to invite you—on this 155th anniversary of the final of three surrender discussions at Bennett Place, NY—to tap into the ECW archives for more great posts about the end of the war.
James Tanner had never seen Tenth Street so full of people. The crowd packed the street in front of his second-floor apartment. Tanner sat on his porch, looking down into the mass of people. Dignitaries and generals came and went, … Continue reading
“The Gun That Killed Abraham Lincoln”
On April 14, 1861—today, one hundred and fifty-nine years ago—Maj. Robert Anderson marched his garrison out of Fort Sumter after weathering a barrage that began two days previously. The assault on Fort Sumter started the Civil War. On April 14, … Continue reading
On the evening of April 14, 1865, President and Mrs. Lincoln when to Ford’s Theater to see a comedy entitled Our American Cousin. At the theater, John Wilkes Booth slipped into the presidential box, fired a small pistol, then leaped … Continue reading
This week’s QotW comes from Dave Powell who asks: What’s the most interesting NON-BATTLE Civil War (or Civil War related) site you have visited? i.e. Ford’s Theater, or the Columbus Naval Museum, etc.
Yesterday marked the 150th anniversary of the Army of the Potomac’s Grand Review through the streets of Washington, D.C. William Child, Surgeon of the 5th New Hampshire Volunteer Infantry, who had just weeks earlier witnessed the assassination of President Lincoln … Continue reading
How sorely we miss Abraham Lincoln—yet I often wonder whether we realize just how much. A shrewd politician, Lincoln successfully navigated the complicated political waters of Washington for more than four years, somehow cobbling together a coalition to maintain support … Continue reading