Sale 343

Lincoln, Slavery and the Civil War


The Assassination of the President
 
 
Lot Photo Description
Lot 3254
John Wilkes Booth Carte de Visite Photograph, Alexander Gardner photo with blank back, Very Fine.
Estimate $100 - 150
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Lot 3255
Andrew Johnson Carte de Visite Photograph, Alexander Gardner photo with blank back; small tack hole at bottom, minor soiling Fine.
Estimate $100 - 150
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Lot 3256

The New York Herald, April 15, 1865, early planographic reprint (done three days after issue due to heavy demand) of the 8:10AM Mourning edition announcing the Assassination of President Lincoln and including that Seward was daggered in bed but not mortally wounded, mourning portrait at center; some minor splitting and overall toning, Fine, this is the most famous of all Lincoln assassination newspapers.
Estimate $200 - 300

Various "Important" headlines on front cover: "Assassination of President Lincoln", "The President Shot at the Theatre Last Evening", "Escape Of The Assassins", "Intense Excitement in Washington", "Scene at the Deathbed of Mr. Lincoln" and "J. Wilkes Booth, the Actor, the Alleged Assassin of the President".

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Lot 3257

Cleveland Morning Ledger, April 28, 1865, complete newspaper including stories of Booth's death in a shootout, Jefferson Davis fleeing to Texas and Lincoln's funeral train; inside is an advertisement soliciting donations to erect a memorial to Lincoln; some separation and toning, about Fine.
Estimate $100 - 150
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Lot 3258

1861, 3¢ rose (65), tied by quartered cork duplexed with "Washington D.C. Apr 24" c.d.s. on buff cover to Canisteo, N.Y., original letter datelined "Camp near Pettersburg, Va., Apr the 21, 1865" only a week after Lincoln's murder with interesting content, "The murder of President Lincoln caused considerable excitement in the Army. It was a cold blooded murder and if the guilty ones are found, they will have to swing."; F.-V.F. and interesting content concerning Lincoln's assassination.
Estimate $300 - 400
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Lot 3259

Perceived effect of Lincoln's death on the country, Soldier's letter datelined "Camp near Petersburg, Va., May 16th 1865", 1½ pages, from a Pvt. Wesley Langs to his father in Caniste(o) N.Y., in part (as written), "I suppose you have heard that the vilin that killed the President has Been killed he had not as good luck in getting away as A good many hoped he would have Some one will have to suffer for the Deed it wil not be Passed over without Being Avenged By some Body and in my opinion their will not be very good terms offered to the South now as if Lincoln had of lived to settle the whole thing up". Includes the original cover franked with a 3¢ 1861 tied by a Washington, D.C. duplex, May 7, missent and redirected from Avoca, N.Y.; Very Fine.
Estimate $100 - 150
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Lot 3260

Announcement of Lincoln's Death, printed text of a formal message delivered to the Common Council of New York City by Mayor C. Godfrey Gunther, April 15, 1865, illustrated card, 4" x 7", in part …Abraham Lincoln, the President of the United States is dead. With inexpressible horror I announce to you this event, coupled as it was with violence. Just at the moment when peace began its dawn over an afflicted land, this dreadful blow fell on him on whom its destinies seemed to depend." Mounting stain around edges of reverse shows through very slightly, Fine.
Estimate $75 - 100
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Lot 3261

Lincoln Funeral Letter, cover bearing 3¢ rose (65) tied by "Washington D.C. Apr 25" duplex to Calderness, N.H., enclosed eight-page letter datelined "Fort Lincoln, D.C., April 19th 1865"; Fine.
Estimate $500 - 750

The April 19th letter in part reads, "I have been in Washington today to attend the funeral of our lamented President - he who fell. so fouly murdered. by a friend in human - who must have been inspired to do the deed by the Arch Friend himself. Never has our country been called upon to mourn as she does today, and never have the people had so good an opportunity to show their great love for him - the honored dead…The City of Washington is draped in deepest mourning…".

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Lot 3262

Funeral Procession in New York City, handcolored Magnus lettersheet, 7" x 9", titled "The 25th of April 1865 in New York", depicting the funeral procession as it approaches City Hall, which has been draped in black crepe, its flags at half-mast and "The Nation Mourns" above its entrance; Very Fine.
Estimate $100 - 150
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