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 Posted: Sat Apr 14th, 2007 04:24 pm
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April 14, 1865.  My husband's grandmother was at the Williard Hotel in Washington with her parents, she was 8 years old.  She saw the turmoil in the street below their hotel window, the men running around with torches shouting "The Presiden'ts been shot!"

Lincoln's plan was to "let 'em up easy," re-establish civil government, and bring the seceded states back into the Union.  He probably would have had some terrible struggles with the Radical Republicans, on two questions.  What to do about the freedmen and how to curb retribution and vengeance.

Booth's bullet harmed the South more than all the Union generals combined.  Some hero, huh?  Fiery Confederate patriot.  So how come he wasn't in uniform?


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