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Abraham Lincoln’s Second Inauguration.


Abraham Lincoln’s second inaugural address, 4th March 1865,taken by Alexander Gardner. On 9th April, General Robert E. Lee surrendered, practically ending the American Civil War, and 5 days later Lincoln was killed. His assassin, John Wilkes Booth, is reputed to be in this photo.



Original B&W photo.



John Wilkes Booth?


2 responses

  1. Jim Retzer

    While it is true that John Wilkes Booth did attend Lincoln’s Inauguration (as did several of the other conspirators) and is visible in one of the photographs of the event, it is not the photograph you present here. The image in which Booth is clearly recognizable to the left of the statue with his top hat and mustache is the one in which the photographer has also unfortunately obscured Lincoln with a thumb print.


    March 7, 2017 at 5:38 pm

  2. You could well be right, and it was just wishful thinking on someone’s part. I did say “reputed”, but I put a comma, for some strange reason, where I had intended to put a question mark, which might have better emphasised an element of doubt!


    March 7, 2017 at 5:49 pm

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