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Unknown Dispatch! Extra. Death of the President

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC06107.38 Author/Creator: Unknown Place Written: Washington, D.C. Type: Broadsides Date: 15 April 1865 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Newspaper clipping reports that President Lincoln is dead. Falsely announces that Secretary Seward has also been murdered. Includes information on the plotting of the assassination.

People: Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865.
Booth, John Wilkes, 1838-1865.
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865.
Seward, William Henry, 1801-1872.

Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

Keywords/Subjects: Civil War, Military History, Union Forces, Assassinations, Lincoln Assassination, Lincoln's Cabinet, Death, President, Crime

Sub Era: The American Civil War