Tag Archives: Lincoln Assassination

Colors Draped in Black

There are some events in our lives that no one can escape. Everyone has a story of “where they were when” for such events. Thankfully, these events do not happen often, but when they do, they leave an unmistakable impression … Continue reading

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ECW Weekender: Fort Jefferson in the Dry Tortugas

  Located 67 miles off the coast of Key West, Florida and comprised of 16 million bricks sits the still unfinished Third System Fort Jefferson. Construction began in 1846 and the installation was named after the third president of the … Continue reading

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What We’ve Learned: Pondering Usable History

If but for a missing license plate, state police might not have caught Timothy McVeigh, or at least not soon after the crime. At 9:02 a.m. on April 19, 1995, McVeigh blew up the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in … Continue reading

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Ending the War: “Tidings of Disaster So Momentous” – The 15th Ohio Learns of the Lincoln Assassination

In our world of 24 hour news stations, social media, cell phones, which give us instantaneous notification of breaking news, we may take for granted that news did travel fast during the Civil War. Telegraph lines allowed for news to … Continue reading

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Infamy

“The Gun That Killed Abraham Lincoln”

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On Location: Charlotte, NC

One of the most oddball monuments I’ve ever seen is in Charlotte, North Carolina, embedded in the sidewalk. Last summer, I finally went On Location to seek it out: the spot where Jefferson Davis heard the news about Lincoln’s assassination. Check … Continue reading

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Book Review: “Shooting Lincoln: Mathew Brady, Alexander Gardner, and the Race to Photograph the Story of the Century”

Across the street from Ford’s Theatre and next to the Petersen House in Washington, D.C. there’s a museum dedicated to Abraham Lincoln’s legacy. The centerpiece of that museum is a three-and-a-half story tower of books written about the 16th president … Continue reading

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The Mummy Currently Known as “John” or How John Wilkes Booth Went On To a Second Career

Hallowe’en is certainly the time for one to ponder the unknown. It had never occurred to me that John Wilkes Booth would fit into this category, but once again . . . I was wrong. Most people agree on an … Continue reading

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Remembering the Flag Raising Over Fort Sumter

By Julie Mujic Residents of Waukesha, Wisconsin, celebrated Lee’s surrender on the evening of April 9, 1865, along with the rest of the North. The long war was ending and their loved ones might finally return home. Despite their distance from … Continue reading

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Booth’s Escape Route (conclusion)

By ECW Correspondent Pat Tintle. In the days following the president’s assassination, while American citizens mourned the death of their leader, Union troops searched surrounding rural areas for Booth. In the morning following Lincoln’s death, Union troops set up headquarters … Continue reading

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