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Connecticut Marks 150th Anniversary Of Lincoln's Assassination

Connecticut Marks 150th Anniversary Of Lincoln's Assassination

Black crepe darkened windows and balconies throughout Hartford in the days after President Abraham Lincoln was shot and killed on April 14, 1865. The city was still celebrating Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee's surrender only five days earlier when news of the assassination broke. Describing the grief of a stunned populace in an April 20 article, The Courant likened the realization of Lincoln's death — "so awful and so sudden" — to waking from a dream. "The severity of the loss," the unnamed writer lamented, "does not come home to us with full force until the funeral bell tolls, the hearse appears and the cold clay is taken to the...

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