Sunday, September 30

There was no little love for this assassinated President, Abraham Lincoln, in 1865. A war victory, freedom for slaves, a secure Union, and many other accomplishments won him the admiration and love of the many. Though far from perfect, often criticized and unattractive, the poor man's humility and love for country overruled any lasting hatred, at least in the North.

News of his death spread around the world, and representatives from great and little known points wrote their condolences, many recorded in the House of Representatives Listing of Documents for the year 1865-1866. The Appendix of Diplomatic Correspondence includes over 700 pages. Here's a sample from a New York National Guard unit:

My great-great grandfather, William J. Burk signed the document you'll find here:

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