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Unknown Mrs. Lincoln in mourning after Willie's death

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC05111.02.0060 Author/Creator: Unknown Place Written: s.l. Type: Photograph Date: 1862/02 ca. Pagination: 1 carte de visite 10 x 6.1 cm

Summary of Content: Mary Lincoln wears a simple black dress and a cumbersome looking headpiece. Cuffs and flowers in her bonnet have been hand-colored. Graphite inscription on recto "Mrs. Lincoln." Ink inscription on verse "Mrs. Mary A. Lincoln."

People: Lincoln, Mary Todd, 1818-1882

Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

Subjects: First LadyWomen's HistoryDeathChildren and Family

Sub Era: The American Civil War

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