May 3, 2007

Abraham Lincoln - April 1865 - Death

119. Taken by Jeremiah Gurney, Jr. in New York City on April 24, 1865. After his death and funeral ceremonies in Washington, Lincoln’s body took a long journey to its final resting place in Springfield, IL. Here it is pictured lying in state in New York City Hall. Edwin Stanton, Lincoln’s Secretary of War who essentially ran the government during the first few weeks after Lincoln’s death, ordered all copies of this photo destroyed. Thankfully, Stanton kept one copy himself.

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