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Often when we have school programs at the Cottage, we try to establish with the students just how long ago the Civil War was. One way some interpreters choose to do this, especially with young school children, is to ask “Were your parents alive during the Civil War? “Were your grandparents?” and keep going a few generations back so the …
In remembrance of the 146th anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln’s assassination, President Lincoln’s Cottage will display one of five American flags that were hanging in Ford’s Theatre the night of the assassination. The flag will be on display for one week only beginning on April 11, 2011.
By Maura James One-hundred twenty-eight years ago today, January 10, 1883, Dr. Samuel Mudd died of pneumonia in his Maryland home. Many folks are familiar with the Mudd name, or at least the colloquial phrase, “your name is mudd”. The doctor was forever embossed in the history books when the fugitive, John Wilkes Booth, arrived at his home around 4:00 AM …
By Kevin Bowman On the afternoon of April 13, 1865, President Lincoln traveled out to his summer retreat at the Soldiers’ Home. He was followed by his cavalry escort, remembered Maunsell B. Field, senior political aid of the Treasury Department. As noted by historian Matthew Pinsker in Lincoln’s Sanctuary, Field too was heading out to the Soldiers’ Home and was …
On April 14th, 145 years ago President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated at Ford’s Theatre in Washington, DC. To commemorate this anniversary President Lincoln’s Cottage, Ford’s Theatre and the Smithsonian National Museum of American History are celebrating his legacy through programming and activities. Each site will also be initiating discussions and history quizzes using social media through Facebook and Twitter.
By Katie Needham On April 17, 1865, Acting Secretary of State Hunter announced the official time and date of President Abraham Lincoln’s funeral. It was to be held on Wednesday, April 19, 1865 at noon in the White House. As part of the funeral announcement, Hunter stated, “The various religious denominations throughout the country are invited to meet in their …
A free lecture on April 16, 2009, featuring Dr. Blaine V. Houmes, M.D. will examine the myths and mysteries of the Lincoln assassination. Dr. Houmes is an emergency physician and former medical examiner. His published work has investigated the life of President Lincoln, his health, and the medical aspects of his assassination. On April16th, Dr. Houmes will present a lecture …