Pearce, W. Henry to Selina
Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC00066.150
Author/Creator: Pearce, W. Henry
Place Written: Marietta, Ohio
Type: Autograph letter signed
Date: 16 April 1865
Pagination: 6 p. ; 20 x 13 cm.
Summary of Content: Discusses Lincoln’s assassination. Signed ”W.H.” Later handwritten note attributes letter to Henry.
Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877
Full Transcript: The news of course, came to all, like a clap of thunder in a clear sky....The first thought on hearing that President Lincoln, to whom we had looked as the leader and even the savior of our nation, had been assassinated, was that all was lost and our country ruined. But...we find in Andrew Johnson a man who...is fitted to the instrument in God’s hand of carrying out His vengeances...the uppermost feeling in men’s minds is ”Death to all traitors and sympathizers” there has already been several shot in Cincinnati for rejoicing at the death of the President....I never saw such a day of gloom before...each felt as if he had lost a relative.
Sub Era: The American Civil WarOrder Image