Eve Golden poses an interesting question: How did America observe the 50th anniversary of Lincoln’s assassination?
The answer is that the ceremonies were quite muted compared to today’s observations on the death of President John F. Kennedy. President Wilson ordered flags flown at half-staff in memory of the slain president.
The next day, The Times ran two accounts by people who were in Ford’s Theater the night Lincoln was shot, Herbert M. Nogle and Lt. Charles H. Jones. One story noted that the occasion was the first time, as anyone could remember, that the anniversary of a president’s death was observed.
Wow, ask and I shall receive–thanks!
I had a friend who was born in 1893, and she knew people who were there the night Lincoln was shot. I guess that makes me two people removed?
Far fewer TV shows as I recollect
Back in the 1860s, the only had Dick Cavett and David Frost.
Yes, and Dick Cavett kept telling Edwin Booth about his dinners and escapades with Laura Keene and John Drew, and never got around to asking about Booth’s brother.
As I researched this story a week ago for my web site, Lincoln’s 50th anniversary coverage was as you say “muted.” Most newspapers thought their “eyewitness account” to the shooting may be from one of the only living witnesses to the shooting. People’s lifespans were shorter and newspapers and magazines didn’t check with each other to corroborate reports. Also Lieutenant Jones whose eyewitness story is told in the L.A. Times, varied in details over the many years he retold his account of the assassination.