Tanner, James (1844-1927) At the deathbed of Abraham Lincoln
Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC05603.03.04
Author/Creator: Tanner, James (1844-1927)
Place Written: s.l.
Type: Newspaper clipping
Date: circa 1925
Pagination: 2 p. ; 30 x 22.5 cm.
Summary of Content: Article detailing the events that occured around Lincoln’s deathbed, written by an eye witness. Writes that at the time of Lincoln’s death he was an employee of the Ordinance Bureau of the War Department. His ability to write in shorthand, brought him to the president’s bedside, where he took notes for Edwin M. Stanton. Recounts what he was doing and where he was on the evening of the assassination. Comments on Secretary Stanton’s strength and refers to him as a ”man of steel” during the last hours of Lincoln’s life. States that although many published pictures include Andrew Johnson at the foot of Lincoln’s bed when in reality he was not present. The aritlce is two pages long, from pages thirty four and thirtyfive of the New Republic. The verso pages include articles titled ”What the Bishops Said to Wasington” and ”The Enemy Within Our Gates.” The latter aticle attacks a number of people and groups for their Soviet sympathies, including Jane Adams, the American Civil Liberties Union, and New York University proffessors.
People: Tanner, James, 1844-1927., Lincon, Abraham, 1809-1865., Stanton, Edwin McMasters, 1814-1869., Johnson, Andrew, 1808-1875.
Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877
Keywords/Subjects: President;, Civil War;, Union Forces;, Lincoln Assassination;, Assassinations;, Death;, Injury or Wound;, Lincoln’s Cabinet;, Politics;, Women’s History;, Reform Movement;, Religion;, Communism;
Sub Era: The American Civil War
Background: James Tanner lost both legs serving as a corporal in the Civil War. Then served as a clerk in the War Department. Became Commander in Chief of the Grand Army of the Republic in 1905.
LOC Search Terms: United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865., Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865--Assassination., Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865--Death and burial., Assassins--United States--History--19th century., Presidents--United States., United States--Politics and government--1861-1870.Order Image