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The Lincoln Assassination and Its Aftermath:
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A remarkable archive of 54 issues of six different daily and weekly New York newspapers from the six weeks after Abraham Lincoln’s assassination, with coverage of the assassination, the assassin, the funerals in New York and Springfield, and the hunt for the conspirators. Also includes one issue from July 1865 regarding the execution of the conspirators and one issue from February 1866 with coverage of a memorial service in Lincoln’s honor.

[ABRAHAM LINCOLN]. Archive of newspapers related to the assassination and the hunt for the conspirators. Approximately 450 pp. From 11-1/2 x 16-1/2 in. to 23 x 31 in. per issue, depending on the title; most 15-1/2 x 23 in.

Inventory #30031.01       Price: $6,500

In 1865, New York City was the information center for the United States. War news, political news, and all other news reached the city by telegraph and quickly made its way to dozens of daily, semi-weekly, and weekly newspapers in several languages and an array of other periodicals. Newspapers throughout the nation reprinted stories from the New York press, and one of the biggest stories of the spring of 1865 was the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln.

Leading New York newspapers like the New York Times, the Evening Post, the New-York Tribune, and the New York Herald, and weekly pictorial magazines including Harper’s Weekly and Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper provided detail coverage of the Lincoln assassination and the hunt for John Wilkes Booth and his co-conspirators in the days and weeks after April 15, 1865. So eager was the public for information that seven editions of the New York Herald appeared on April 15.

Excerpts

New York Herald

April 15: “IMPORTANT. / ASSASSINATION of PRESIDENT LINCOLN. / The President Shot at the Theatre Last Evening. / ... / Scene at the Deathbed of Mr. Lincoln. / J. Wilkes Booth, the Actor, the Alleged Assassin of the President.” (p1/c1)

This evening at about 9:30 P.M., at Ford’s Theatre, the President, while sitting in his private box with Mrs. Lincoln, Miss Harris and Major Rathburn, was shot by an assassin, who suddenly entered the box and approached behind the President. The assassin then leaped upon the stage, brandishing a large dagger or knife, and made his escape in the rear of the theatre. The pistol ball entered the back of the President’s head and penetrated nearly through the head. The wound is mortal.” (p1/c1)

April 16: “OUR LOSS. / The Great National Calamity. / DEATH of the PRESIDENT.” (p1/c1)

April 17: “OUR GRIEF. / Additional Details of the Terrible Event of Friday Night.” (p1/c1)

April 19: “SADNESS. / Preparations for the Funeral of the Martyred President. / An Imposing and Solemn Ceremony. / THE BODY LYING IN STATE. / An Immense Crowd of Citizens, Soldiers and Officials Take a Last Look of the Noble Dead.” (p1/c1)

April 29: “THE FUNERAL TRAIN. / Arrival of the Remains of the Late President at Cleveland, Ohio. / The Interment at Springfield to Take Place on May 4.

May 5: “The Trial of the Assassins.... A court room has been fitted up at the arsenal for the accommodation of the court martial to try the assassination conspirators, who are now securely confined in the Old Penitentiary, in the arsenal yard.” (p1/c1)

May 11: “THE ASSASSINATION. / Profound Sensation in Europe—Action in the English Parliament—The Excitement on the Liverpool and London Exchanges—Comments of the Press—Condolence from the Austrian and Swiss Governments” (p1/c1)

It is reported that Queen Victoria will send a letter of condolence to Mrs. Lincoln, and express sympathy with the American people.” (p1/c1)

May 14: “THE TRIAL. / The Court for the Trial of the Assassination Conspirators Holds Open Sessions.” (p1/c1)

July 8: “EXECUTION. / EXPIATING THE GREAT CRIME / Hanging of Mrs. Surratt, Payne, Harold and Atzerott. / Full and Complete Details of the Affair.” (p1/c1)

 

New-York Times

April 16: “OUR GREAT LOSS / The Assassination of President Lincoln. / DETAILS OF THE FEARFUL CRIME. / Closing Moments and Death of the President. / ... / The Funeral of President Lincoln to Take Place Next Wednesday.

“THE NEW PRESIDENT. / INAUGURATION OF ANDREW JOHNSON. / BRIEF AND IMPRESSIVE CEREMONIES.” (p1/c5)

April 27: “We beg the government at Washington to understand—what the nation knows and profoundly feels—that we have fallen upon the Era of Assassination. We have reached, in the cause of our terrible civil war, that stage which marks every such period, when fierce fanatics in the conquered ranks feel justified in retrieving or revenging the ruin of their cause by secret murders.” (p4/c3)

May 4: “THE ASSASSINS. / ... / Jefferson Davis is the Head of the Assassins. / ... / One Hundred Thousand Dollars Reward for Davis.” (p1/c1)

 

The Evening Post

April 15: “AN APPALLING CALAMITY. / Assassination of the President. / Mr. Lincoln Shot in Ford’s Theatre in Washington.” (p1/c1)

 

New-York Tribune

April 25: “RECEPTION of the REMAINS of Abraham Lincoln, Sixteenth President of the United States, in the City of New-York April 24, 1865. / SOLEMNITY OF THE OCCASION. / THE CORTEGE. / THE STREETS THRONGED” (p1/c5)

 

Titles include:

New York Herald, April 15, 1865, 8 pp.

New York Herald, April 16, 1865, 8 pp.

New York Herald, April 17, 1865, 8 pp.

New York Herald, April 18, 1865, 8 pp.

New York Herald, April 19, 1865, 8 pp.

New York Herald, April 21, 1865, 8 pp.

New York Herald, April 23, 1865, 8 pp.

New York Herald, April 24, 1865, 8 pp.

New York Herald, April 29, 1865, 8 pp.

New York Herald, April 30, 1865, 8 pp.

New York Herald, May 1, 1865, 8 pp.

New York Herald, May 2, 1865, 8 pp.

New York Herald, May 5, 1865, 8 pp.

New York Herald, May 6, 1865, 8 pp.

New York Herald, May 7, 1865, 8 pp.

New York Herald, May 9, 1865, 8 pp.

New York Herald, May 10, 1865, 8 pp.

New York Herald, May 11, 1865, 8 pp.

New York Herald, May 12, 1865, 8 pp.

New York Herald, May 13, 1865, 8 pp.

New York Herald, May 14, 1865, 8 pp.

New York Herald, May 15, 1865, 8 pp.

New York Herald, May 16, 1865, 8 pp.

New York Herald, May 17, 1865, 8 pp.

New York Herald, July 8, 1865, 8 pp.  “Execution”

 

New-York Times, April 17, 1865, 8 pp. (uncut at top)

New-York Times, April 17, 1865, 8 pp.

New-York Times, April 20, 1865, 8 pp.

New-York Times, April 22, 1865, 8 pp.

New-York Times, April 26, 1865, 8 pp.

New-York Times, April 27, 1865, 8 pp. (uncut at top)

New-York Times, May 4, 1865, 8 pp.

New-York Times, May 8, 1865, 8 pp.

New-York Times, February 13, 1866, 8 pp. “Memorial Services in Honor of the Late President”

 

The Evening Post (New York), April 15, 1865, 3rd ed., 4 pp.

The Evening Post (New York), April 22, 1865, 3rd ed., 4 pp.

The Evening Post (New York), April 25, 1865, 4 pp.

The Evening Post (New York), April 26, 1865, 4th ed., 4 pp.

The Evening Post (New York), April 27, 1865, 3rd ed., 4 pp.

The Evening Post (New York), April 28, 1865, 4th ed., 4 pp.

The Evening Post (New York), May 3, 1865, 3rd ed., 4 pp.

The Evening Post (New York), May 4, 1865, 3rd ed., 4 pp.

The Evening Post (New York), May 6, 1865, 3rd ed., 4 pp.

The Evening Post (New York), May 8, 1865, 3rd ed., 4 pp.

The Evening Post (New York), May 9, 1865, 3rd ed., 4 pp.

The Evening Post (New York), May 10, 1865, 3rd ed., 4 pp.

The Evening Post (New York), May 11, 1865, 3rd ed., 4 pp.

The Evening Post (New York), May 13, 1865, 4 pp.

 

New-York Tribune, April 25, 1865, 4 pp. (uncut at top)

 

Harper’s Weekly, April 29, 1865, 16 pp. “The Murder of the President.”

Harper’s Weekly, May 6, 1865, 16 pp. “The President’s Funeral in New York”

Harper’s Weekly, May 13, 1865, 16 pp. “The Assassin’s End”

Harper’s Weekly, May 20, 1865, 16 pp. “The Assassination,” “President Lincoln’s Funeral”

 

Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper, May 6, 1865, 13 pp. (weird cut)

Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper, May 20, 1865, 16 pp.

Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper, May 27, 1865, 16 pp. (tears to pp. 9-16)


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