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Stonehouse, John B. (1813-1885) to John B. Stonehouse Jr.

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC00368.01 Author/Creator: Stonehouse, John B. (1813-1885) Place Written: Washington, D.C. Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 16 April 1865 Pagination: 4 p. ; 20 x 13 cm.

Summary of Content: Writing to his son, Stonehouse describes the interruption of the Washington, D.C. celebration of Lee's surrender by the assassination of President Lincoln and stabbing of Secretary of State William Seward. He then continues to give a detailed description of the events surrounding the attack on Seward and the assassination of Lincoln. He is first informed of Secretary Seward's stabbing by an unidentified man. Stonehouse then goes to Ford's Theatre where he describes people rushing from the building. Also includes his account of the knife Secretary Seward was stabbed with and the pistol which Frederick Seward was attacked with. The letter was written on blind stamped stationary from Ebbitt House, Washington, D.C.

People: Stonehouse, John B., 1813-1885.
Stonehouse, John B. Jr., fl. 1865-1874.
Lincon, Abraham, 1809-1865.
Seward, William Henry, 1801-1872
Lee, Robert E. (Robert Edward), 1807-1870.

Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

Keywords/Subjects: Assassinations, Lincoln Assassination, Lincoln's Cabinet, Injury or Wound, Union Soldier's Letter, Soldier's Letter, Civil War, Appomattox, Holidays and Celebrations, Washington, D.C., Confederate General or Leader, Confederate States of America, Union Forces

Sub Era: The American Civil War