" Octoroon ", the next play's bill is posted elsewhere from Ford's. The joyous displays from D.C.'s Grand Illumination a few days previously are gone, replaced by mourning crepe. April 14th, 1865, 154 years ago today a man ran from the doors of this theater, claimed his horse from the boy he paid to hold it and galloped from the scene. Inside all was chaos, another man's life ebbed away while his screaming wife wore her husband's brains. We do miss you president Lincoln.
If this should be in the Lincoln forum feel free to move the thread? Photos tell our story- the one from April 14th, 1865 seems terribly important.
I can never see the image of Lincoln's box at Ford's Theater without being profoundly shaken. It was there, all the ' what happened ' the night of April 14th, 1865. A murder. The murder of a man whose back was to the bullet responsible for changing History, a man who'd been holding his wife's hand and speaking of future travels. He'd like to see Jerusalem, he told her. It all happened there, right there.
From an LoC map, 1850. Ford's 'new ' theater took the place of an old Baptist church, 10th Street, between F and G Streets.
The President's House and the route from there to 10th Street. Last trip anywhere.
There are any number of threads on Lincoln's murder. The place it occurred is still there although we aren't any more. We're in none of the places we were 150 years ago and certainly not where he'd have led us. It's a lot to think about, how the mourning crepe draped over Ford's Theater and the entire country is really, still there.
In memory of one of the nation's worst night ever, on April 14th, 2019
Circular sign? Incongruous in all the mourning, " Entrance Family Circle ". Ours wasn't again, Father Abraham was missing.