Tag Archives: Abraham Lincoln

23 April 1865: “Mankind has lost its best friend since the crusifiction of Christ” and “How I loved him! He was my hero.”

As this blog’s end draws near, we present two different accounts of grief. The first letter mourns the loss of Abraham Lincoln, while the second diary entry laments the loss of Stonewall Jackson. Item Description: Letter dated 23 April 1865 … Continue reading

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21 April 1865: “Hurrah! Old Abe Lincoln has been assassinated!”

Item Description: Diary entry dated 21 April by Emma LeConte. LeConte lived in Columbia, South Carolina and was the daughter of the scientist Joseph LeConte. She reacts to the news that Abraham Lincoln has been assassinated. Item Citation: Folder 1, … Continue reading

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15 April 1865: “Yesterday so beautiful & the air so dry & clear with a Happy President and a happy people- Today a Dead President murdered by a citizen of the United States”

Item Description: April 15th, 1865 diary entry in Henry Clay Warmoth’s Civil War diary.  Warmoth was stationed in Washington D.C. and describes the somber mood in the city after the assassination of Abraham Lincoln.  Henry Clay Warmoth was a lieutenant … Continue reading

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5 February 1865: “We learned from them that the message of President Lincoln to the Congress of the United States, in December last, explains clearly and distinctly his sentiments as to the terms, conditions and method of proceeding, by which peace can be secured to the people…”

Item Description: Report, “Message of the President : to the Senate and House of Representatives of the Confederate States of America (with an Extract from Mr. Lincoln’s message of December last, referred to in the foregoing report)”. [Scans courtesy of Internet Archive … Continue reading

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17 June 1864: “By hook or by crook, Abraham Lincoln is bound to be re-elected President of the Northern States.”

Item Description: Editorial, The Daily Journal (Wilmington, N. C.), 17 June 1864. Transcription: By hook or by crook, Abraham Lincoln is bound to be re-elected President of the Northern States.—That, like his nomination at Baltimore, is a foregone conclusion.  He … Continue reading

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18 May 1863: “We shall look for further news from that quarter with much interest.”

Item: editorials and advertisements, The Daily Journal (Wilmington, N. C.), 18 May 1863, page 2, columns 1 and 2. Notes: 1) The Siege of Vicksburg began on 18 May 1863.  2) Colonel Thomas Purdie, of the 18th North Carolina Regiment, … Continue reading

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8 December 1862: “He calls his famous proclamation a contemplated emancipation scheme.”

Item: article from the Carolina Watchman (Salisbury, N.C.), 8 December 1862 (Volume 20: number 29), page 2, column 3. Transcription: LINCOLN’S MESSAGE. Petersburg, Dec. 4.—The N. York Times, of the 2nd, has been received here.  Lincoln’s message was read on … Continue reading

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6 June 1862: “…Governor Stanly has not been instructed by the government to prevent the education of children, white or black, in the State of North Carolina.”

Item description: This document, which was ordered to be printed by the United States House of Representatives, is a compilation of documents related to “the authority and action of the Hon. Edward Stanly, military governor of North Carolina.” It includes … Continue reading

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20 November 1861: Raising the Black Flag, “Such an event must fill every thoughtful mind with the gloomiest forebodings.”

Item description: newspaper article, “The Black Flag,” Weekly Standard (Raleigh), 20 November 1861, page 1, column 4. Item transcription: The Black Flag. In modern times, the black flag has never been raised, except as the ensign of the pirate—the heartless … Continue reading

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12 November 1861: “Will Lincoln back out or will he not? Upon this depends the future character of this struggle.”

Item description: In this piece from 12 November 1861, the editors of the Wilmington Daily Journal examine which way the current war will unfold. They ask if it will be “confined to the operations of large bodies acting strategically for … Continue reading

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