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On the evening of 14 April 1865 when President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated in Ford's Theatre, an entire audience was witness to the tragedy. From diaries, letters, depositions, affidavits, and periodicals, here is a collection of accounts from a variety of theatergoers - who by chance saw one of the truly pivotal events in U. S. history. Providing minute first-hand details recorded over a span of ninety years, We Saw Lincoln Shot explores a subject that will forever.

be debated. With a sharp focus upon the circumstances reported by one hundred actual witnesses, We Saw Lincoln Shot provides vivid documentation of a momentous evening and exposes errors that have been perpetuated as the assassination has been rendered into written histories.


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ISBN-10:  087805779X
ISBN-13:  978-0878057795
Author:  Timothy S. Good
Genre:  History
Publisher:  University Press of Mississippi
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The small Ford's theater is packed that Good Friday April night of 1865 and quivers with excitement and anticipation. Everybody knows that Lincoln and possibly General Grant will be attending "Our American Cousin." When the Lincolns arrive half an hour after the curtain goes up, there is a standing ovation. Mr. Lincoln bows, with a smile. General Grant does not attend the play, but the Lincolns' friends Major Rathbone and Clara Harris accompany them. It is noticed that Mary Todd Lincoln has her …
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