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Looking at the Civil WarApril 1865

“…I heard a woman’s voice say the ’President is shot’ with a distinctness I shall never forget.”

The chaos of the evening is palpable in this letter penned in Washington, D.C. on the night of Lincoln’s assassination. More »

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