Washington DC History Resources

Matthew B. Gilmore

A Day that Changed American History

Circulating Now from NLM

By Roxanne Beatty and Jill L. Newmark

This week, Circulating Now marks a pivotal event in American history with a short series of posts. 150 years ago on April 14, 1865, Abraham Lincoln was assassinated in a crowded theater in Washington DC. On April 15th he died and an autopsy was performed. Several doctors supported Lincoln in his last hours but no medical intervention could prevent his death and bystanders could only watch and wait.

Abraham Lincoln woke up early the morning of Good Friday, April 14, 1865 and began his day having breakfast with his wife and sons. It was just a short five days since Confederate General Robert E. Lee surrendered at Appomattox and the mood in Washington was jubilant. Soon Lincoln would be meeting with his cabinet and going through the daily responsibilities of being President. A short distance away at the National Hotel, John Wilkes Booth…

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