Lincoln Assassination Letters Collection


Lincoln Assassination Letters Collection


Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865
Ford's Theatre (Washington, D.C.)
Booth, John Wilkes, 1838-1865


Read contemporary accounts of the assassination of President Lincoln and the mourning and political uncertainty that gripped the nation following his death. 

These letters and documents are contained in manuscript collections in the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library.

Collection Items

Edward P. Hudson to James Evans
Captain of Company G, 21st Regiment Veterans Reserve Corps, Edward P. Hudson telegrams Captain James Evans, a provost marshal, to arrest, on orders of Secretary of War Edwin Stanton, Junius Brutus Booth, the brother of Lincoln's assassin, John Wilkes…

B. B. Emory to Unknown
Emory writes to an unnamed doctor, asking for a letter of recommendation to Secretary of State William H. Seward for a consular position. In his letter, Emory discusses the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, the public mood in Washington, D.C., as…

T. V. Moore to Phineas D. Gurley
T. V. Moore, a popular Presbyterian minister in Richmond, Virginia, writes to fellow minister Phineas D. Gurley, expressing the shock, sorrow, and consternation in Richmond on the news of the assassination of Abraham Lincoln.

R. E. Brown to M. W. Brown
R. E. Brown writes to his sister from Camp Curtain, Pennsylvania, relating news of Lincoln's assassination. Written on April 15, 1865, Brown had just received the news of President Lincoln's death. Brown also relates the widespread but inaccurate…

Helen Augusta Bratt DuBarry to Ann A. Lamoureaux Bratt
Helen DuBarry writes to her mother, providing a detailed account of the assassination of President Lincoln, which Helen witnessed as a member of the audience at Ford's Theatre on the night of April 14, 1865.

Helen Augusta Bratt DuBarry to Ann A. Lamoureaux Bratt
In the wake of Lincoln's assassination, Helen DuBarry writes her mother about witnessing Lincoln's funeral procession in Washington, D.C.

Hugh McCulloch to the Employees of the Treasury Department
Secretary of the Treasury Hugh McCulloch signed this notice requiring all members of the U.S. Department of the Treasury to wear black crepe bands on their left arm for a period of six months in honor of the memory of President Lincoln.

Gardner Brewer to Alexander
Wealthy Boston merchant Gardner Brewer writes to a "Mrs. Alexander" about Lincoln's assassination and its impact on the nation.

Preston King to Unknown
Preston King, a former U.S. Senator from New York, comments on the shock and grief gripping the nation in the wake of the assassination of President Lincoln. King also expresses his confidence in President Andrew Johnson.
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