Connecticut Mourns Lincoln

Apr 10, 2015 - Jun 20, 2015

One hundred fifty years ago on April 14—five days after Confederacy general Robert E. Lee’s surrender at Appomattox Court House, ending the Civil War—the unthinkable happened. A well-known actor and Confederacy supporter, John Wilkes Booth, entered Ford’s Theater and shot President Abraham Lincoln as he was enjoying the play “Our American Cousin”. Lincoln died the next day, on April 15, 1865.

To commemorate the 150th anniversary of Lincoln’s life and death, and to give visitors a glimpse into the fascinating links between our 16th president and some of Connecticut’s prominent residents, the CHS has combined several rare and fascinating Lincoln relics from its collection.

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