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Triumph and Tragedy: Lincoln Assassination

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Social Studies Age Levels Elementary (9 to 12 years old), Middle School (13 to 15 years old), High School (16 to 18 years old)

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This collection combines resources from Ford's Theatre, and other scholarly sources, to assist in student research for National History Day 2019. Including documents, objects, artwork, and video, these resources show President Abraham Lincoln’s triumphs and the tragic end of his life by assassination. In particular, this collection contains primary sources about reactions to Lincoln’s assassination, which give us insight into the mood of the still-divided country as the Civil War wound down.

Essential Questions

Ford's Theatre

Civil War & Election

Ford's Theatre

War Map of the Southern United States

Ford's Theatre National Historic Site

Lee Surrenders

Library of Congress via Ford's Theatre National Historic Site

Gettysburg Address

Library of Congress

Lincoln's Sword Painting

Robert Thompson

A Soldier's Story of the War

Museum of the Grand Prairie

1864 Re-election Poster

Library of Congress

Second Inaugural Speech

Library of Congress via Ford's Theatre National Historic Site

Lincoln Assassination

Ford's Theatre

Edwin and Junius Brutus Booth

Courtesy, The American Antiquarian Society via Ford

Edwin Booth

Folger Shakespeare Library via Ford's Theatre

John Wilkes Booth

Ford's Theatre National Historic Site

Booth and his Co-Conspirators

National Archives and Records Administration

Uncle Sam Conspirator Cartoon

Library of Congress via Ford's Theatre National Historic Site

John Wilkes Booth Telegraph

Ford's Theatre Remembering Lincoln

Torch Parade

Ford's Theatre National Historic Site

Theatre Tickets

Ford's Theatre National Historic Site

Lincoln's Overcoat

Ford's Theatre National Historic Site

John Wilkes Booth Killing Lincoln

Springer Collection, Oakland University Special Collections via Ford's Theatre Remembering Lincoln

Assassination of the president Abraham Lincoln

Library of Congress via Ford's Theatre National Historic Site

1865 Diagram of Ford's Theatre

Ford's Theatre National Historic Site

Booth's Boot

Ford's Theatre National Historic Site, FOTH 3222

John Wilkes Booth Deringer

Ford's Theatre National Historic Site, FOTH 3224

Booth's Knife

Ford's Theatre National Historic Site, FOTH 3235

Lincoln Assassination as Told by Eyewitnesses

The University of Indiana via Ford's Theatre Remembering Lincoln

Police "blotter"

National Archives and Records Administration

Military Telegraph Informing Assassination

Missouri Historical Society

The President DEAD

Library of Congress via Ford's Theatre

Fragment of Towel with Lincoln's Blood

Massachusetts Historical Society

Pillow on which Lincoln Died

Ford's Theatre National Historic Site, FOTH 6107

John Wilkes Booth Compass

Ford's Theatre National Historic Site

John Wilkes Booth Diary

Ford's Theatre National Historic Site, FOTH 3221

Telegram Calling for the Arrest of John Wilkes Booth

Special Collections Research Center, University of Chicago Library via Ford's Theatre Remembering Lincoln

Telegram from Gideon Welles

Missouri History Museum

Manhunt Map

Unknown via Ford's Theatre Remembering Lincoln

Booth Shot and Killed

Springer Collection, Oakland University Special Collections

Board that tried the conspirators

Library of Congress, LC-DIG-ppmsca-35257

Execution of Conspirators

Library of Congress , LC-DIG-cwpb-0422

Aftermath & Responses

Ford's Theatre

"Oh Captain, My Captain"

Walt Whitman Archive via Ford's Theatre Remembering Lincoln

Dispatch: William Hunter to Charles Francis Adams

National Archives via Ford's Theatre

Invitation to Funeral

Ford's Theatre National Historic Site via Remembering Lincoln

Mourning Ribbons

Ford's Theatre National Historic Site, FOTH 3360

Lincoln's Hearse, Springfield

Library of Congress via Ford's Theatre Remembering Lincoln

Bancroft Eulogy

Oakland University Special Collections via Ford's Theatre Remembering Lincoln

Queen Victoria to Mary Lincoln

Library of Congress via Ford's Theatre Remembering Lincoln

The Feeling in Canada

The New York Times via Ford's Theatre Remembering Lincoln

A Letter from Dr. Anson G. Henry to his wife

Special Collections Research Center, University of Chicago Library via Ford's Theatre Remembering Lincoln

"The Great Tragedy"

Library of Congress via Ford's Theatre Remembering Lincoln

Emilie Davis Diary

Historical Society of Pennsylvania via Ford's Theatre Remembering Lincoln

Horatio Nelson Taft Diary

Library of Congress via Ford's Theatre Remembering Lincoln

Abigail Brook's Diary

Atlanta History Center via Ford's Theatre Remembering Lincol

T.V. Moore to Phineas D. Gurley

The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum holds all rights and permissions.

George Himes Diary

Oregon Historical Society via Ford's Theatre Remembering Lincoln

Willie Clark to Ida Clark

National Park Service, Ford's Theatre National Historic Site

Susan B. Anthony's Diary

Library of Congress via Ford's Theatre Remembering Lincoln

Gideon Welles to Col. Jacob Teilan

Missouri History Museum via Ford's Theatre Remembering Lincoln

Telegram of Gideon Welles, Secy. Navy, Navy Dept., to Rear Admiral H. Paulding

Missouri History Museum via Ford's Theatre Remembering Lincoln

Mary Henry Diary

Smithsonian Institution Archives via Ford's Theatre Remembering Lincoln

Letter From Moses Many Lightning Face to S.R. Riggs

Minnesota Historical Society via Ford's Theatre Remembering Lincoln

Johannes Oertel Diary

The Leo Pascal Collection via Ford's Theatre Remembering Lincoln

Mary Sheehan Ronan Memoir

Montana Historical Society Research Center via Ford's Theatre Remembering Lincoln

Dudley Avery to Daniel D. Avery

Avery Family Papers, Records of the Antebellum Southern Plantations via Ford's Theatre Remembering Lincoln

Journal of Elon Lee

Special Collections Research Center, University of Chicago Library via Ford's Theatre Remembering Lincoln

Diary of Orville Hickman Browning

Hathi Trust Digital Library via Ford's Theatre Remembering Lincoln

Gardner Brewer to Mrs. Alexander

Gardner Brewer Letters via Ford's Theatre Remembering Lincoln

Johnson's Inauguration

Austin History Center, Texas State Gazette via Ford's Theatre Remembering Lincoln

Additional Resources

Ford's Theatre