" IN THIS SAD WORLD OF OURS, SORROW HAS COME TO US ALL ". How true those words are! This is a wonderful book that revels in the MOURNING OF A BELOVED PRESIDENT! Published the year of Lincoln's death, this Memorial has been compiled to publicly honor the character and life of this touchingly impressive human being; to be preserved as a record for after time and thought. Original matter has been furnished, and the full reports of the press have been freely used.This book clearly presents a timely narrative, fresh from its era, a sketch of the late President's life, an account of his death and obsequies, and the effect of grief, horror and sympathy his death impacted worldwide. The continent shook as the news of Lincoln's assassination sped over it. The first telegraphic dispatches after the shooting were brief and tentative, but the story quickly unfolded. How the assailant had leaped from the President's box to the stage, brandishing a dagger, and shouted "Sic Semper Tyrannies" before making his exit.
How the actor John Wilkes Booth had been identified as the assassin. Seward, Secretary of State, had also been brutally attacked that night, and the capital went wild with fear and rumor not knowing the extent of the conspiracy against the government. As word of these events spread, people gravitated to newspaper offices for the latest bulletin. Sorrow - indescribable sorrow - was the first emotion of most people.Lincoln was shot on April 14, Good Friday, 1865. There were at least twelve funeral services for him, beginning in Washington on Wednesday, April 19, with a service in the White House. The casket was then transported to the Capitol, where thousands more visitors filed by to pay their final respects. On Friday, April 21, the President's funeral train left Washington on a journey that would cover more than 1,600 miles, retracing the path Lincoln took four years earlier from Springfield to the nation's capital. Between April 21 and May 3, there were ceremonies in Baltimore, Harrisburg, Philadelphia, New York, Albany, Buffalo, Cleveland, Columbus, Indianapolis, Chicago, and Springfield. In each city, the coffin was laid out for public viewing and hundreds of thousands turned out to view the body. Hundreds of thousands more lined the tracks in each city to greet the arriving or departing train.
They were days of deep mourning, dirges, muffled drums, torchlight vigils, and processions. In keeping with the mood of the people, the weather was frequently rainy. During that time the funeral train traveled nearly seventeen hundred miles in taking the martyred President's body from the White House to Springfield, Illinois. The body was removed from the train to a public building or to a specially built structure for viewing at ten of the cities along the route. A million and a half Americans gazed upon the face of the Sixteenth President and more than seven millions saw the train or one of the hearses pass by.
It was such a funeral as the country had not seen before or since. There are 10 chapters with a total of 288 pages. The Ninth chapter features poems and odes to the President whereas the concluding Chapter X touches upon Lincoln's assassin, John Wilkes Booth, and his final fate. A wonderful, complete tribute is captured within this book. The author beautifully dominates the sentiment of the public's adoration for and about this man and the effective impact Lincoln has left with so many!
John Gilmary Shea (July 22, 1824 - February 22, 1892) was a writer, editor, and historian of both American history in general and American Catholic history specifically. He certainly was most qualified to write this now collectible book! Published in 1865, this book is 15 YEARS OLD! And is in GOOD+ CONDITION!!! And firmly bound with NO stray intext markings.There is a moderate amount of the expected foxing found in books of this advanced age, as pictured. If you are interested in historical documents from this era, you should own this book!!!
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