• President Lincoln's Assassination, John Wilkes Booth on the Run, Detailed in Period Newspaper

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    PRESIDENT ABRAHAM LINCOLN died in the early morning hours of April 15, 1865, after being wounded by actor John Wilkes Booth at Ford’s Theatre in Washington, DC.  Lincoln and his wife, Mary Todd, were in the presidential box at the time.  Lincoln was carried across the street to Petersen’s Boarding House, where he died. Lincoln is undoubtedly one of the country’s most popular presidents. He led the nation through the Civil War and the Emancipation Proclamation.


    Offering a period newspaper, The Christian Advocate of San Francisco, CA, dated April 20, 1865, just five days after the president’s death, with a page and two columns of coverage, the columns of which are outlined in black to designate the occasion.   Approximately 19” x 25”, the newspaper carries a broad swath of coverage on the assassination, beginning on page two: Our President Murdered, The Crisis, Revolutions of Great Calamity, Our new President, a protest at a Copperhead newspaper, the attempted assassination of William Seward, a profile of the murder as committed by Booth.  “It appears that a letter found in Booth’s trun that the murder was planned before the 4th of March, but fell through then because the accomplice back out until Richmond could be heard from.  Booth and his accomplice were at a livery stable at six o’clock last evening, and left there with horses about ten o’clock…One of them has made his way to Baltimore. The other has not been traced.”  Booth was killed on April 26th, six days after this newspaper was printed.


    Interestingly, the newspaper also contains stories about Lincoln’s second inaugural, spies, rebels who have joined the Union Army.


    Expected folds, a couple of chips in the borders and a small fold tear. Else very good and a great piece of American history.


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