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Matthew B. Gilmore

President Lincoln’s Assassination: 150 Years Later: April 14 & 15, 2015 Ford’s Theatre & Petersen House Washington, DC LIVE on American History TV on C-SPAN 2

President Lincoln’s Assassination: 150 Years Later


 
April 14 & 15, 2015

Ford’s Theatre & Petersen House

Washington, DC

LIVE on American History TV on C-SPAN 2

American History TV, usually on C-SPAN3 every weekend, will be live on C-SPAN2 Tuesday, April 14, and Wednesday, April 15, for commemorative events marking the 150 th anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln’s assassination.

Tuesday, April 14 – LIVE at 10 pm ET
On April 14, 1865, actor John Wilkes Booth entered the Ford’s Theatre presidential box at 10:15 pm and shot President Lincoln as he sat with his wife, Mary, watching the play Our American Cousin. The mortally wounded president, the bullet still lodged in his head, was carried across Tenth Street to the Petersen House. He was taken to a small back bedroom where the death watch began. First Lady Mary Lincoln and her son, Capt. Robert Todd Lincoln, waited in a front parlor.

We’ll be LIVE from Tenth Street at 10 pm ET, where Ford’s Theatre re-creates the overnight vigil for President Lincoln. More than 150 “living historians” in Civil War era costumes will keep a candlelight watch on the street, and we’ll hear their first person accounts of the assassination, including reports from theater eyewitnesses and medical updates on the dying president’s condition.

James Swanson, author of Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln’s Killer, joins us from Tenth Street from 10 pm to 11 pm, and then from 11 pm to midnight, David Reynolds, editor of Lincoln’s Selected Writings, will be with us from New York. Both Swanson and Reynolds will take viewer calls.

Beginning at 8 pm ET Tuesday, we’ll show:

“Silent Witnesses”
Exhibit
  • A ceremony at Lincoln’s Cottage in Washington, DC, where President Lincoln visited on April 13, 1865, the day before his assassination.
  • The Newseum exhibit of New York Herald special editions published on April 14 and 15, 1865, which show how the news unfolded after the president was shot. Watch a preview here.
  • The “Silent Witnesses” exhibit at Ford’s Theatre & the National Museum of American History, featuring a collection of assassination artifacts. Watch a preview here.
  • A tour of the Petersen House where President Lincoln died on April 15, 1865. Watch a preview here.
  • LIVE shots from Ford’s Theatre and the Petersen House on Tenth Street.

Wednesday, April 15 – LIVE at 7:15 am ET
Petersen House

President Lincoln died at 7:22 am on April 15, 1865, in the small back bedroom of the Petersen House just across the street from Ford’s Theatre.
We’ll again be LIVE on C-SPAN2 at 7:15 am ET with a wreath-laying ceremony on the Petersen House steps. The exact moment of Lincoln’s death will be marked with a rendition of “Taps” by the Federal City Brass Band. Speakers include Interior Secretary Sally Jewell andJames Swanson, author of Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln’s Killer. Ford’s Theatre Society and the National Park Service host this event.

At 8 am, as the ceremony ends, bells will toll across Washington, DC, as they did in 1865.

Sunday, April 19, 8 am and 10 pm ET
American History TV’s Lincoln Assassination programming re-airs on C-SPAN3.
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