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A PRESIDENTIAL INVITATION TO MADNESS

  154 years ago this month, April 14, 1865, Mary and Abraham Lincoln invited a young couple to join them to see the popular English comedy play “Our American Cousin.” As it turned out, the  simple, kind invitation doomed the recipients to madness and death after they witnessed President Lincoln’s assassination. AN UNCONVENTIONAL COUPLE    Continue Reading »

VIOLENT NIGHT

  151 years ago this month, a vicious, violent attack on the United Stated government took place: President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated. But there was a second assassination attempt that dreadful evening, which  fewer people know about. It was aimed at Secretary of State William H. Seward and it was witnessed by his terrified daughter.  Continue Reading »

TRYING TO SAVE PRESIDENT LINCOLN

On April 14, 1865, Charles Augustus Leale was a 23-year old Union army medical officer, just two months out of Bellevue Medical College in New York. He was in charge of the Officers Ward in Armory Square Hospital, Washington, D.C. That evening he decided to see a play at nearby Ford’s Theatre. The famous English  Continue Reading »