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Category: Abraham Lincoln

Execution of the Lincoln Assassination conspirators, July 7, 1865.

Hunting Lincoln’s Killer

With the nation reeling in the days after Abraham Lincoln’s death, a massive manhunt went into effect for John Wilkes Booth and his co-conspirators.

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The Other Targets of Booth’s Murder Conspiracy

President Lincoln was not the only high-ranking government official that John Wilkes Booth slated for assassination.

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10 Things You May Not Know About the Lincoln Assassination

On the 150th anniversary of the Lincoln assassination, learn 10 surprising facts about one of the most infamous moments in American history.

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What Lincoln Said in His Final Speech

As Washington celebrated the expected end to the Civil War, Abraham Lincoln delivered what would be his last public address from a White House balcony.

"The Peacemakers," by artist George P.A. Healy, depicts the March 1865 meeting between William T. Sherman, Ulysses S. Grant, Abraham Lincoln and David D. Porter. (Credit: White House Historical Association)

Lincoln, Grant and Sherman Huddle Up, 150 Years Ago

In the waning days of the Civil War, the three main architects of the Union victory convened for the first and only time.

Abraham Lincoln delivers his second inaugural address at the U.S. Capitol on March 4, 1865, with John Wilkes Booth among the crowd looking on. (Credit: Library of Congress)

Remembering Lincoln’s Second Inauguration, 150 Years Later

On March 4, 1865, with the Civil War drawing to a close, Abraham Lincoln was sworn in to a second term as U.S. president; John Wilkes Booth was in attendance.

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The Lincoln Memorial’s Bizarre Rejected Designs

On Lincoln’s Birthday, look back at some of the bizarre alternate designs, including an Egyptian pyramid, proposed for the Lincoln Memorial.

The 13th Amendment, bearing Lincoln's signature (Credit: National Archives)

Congress Passes 13th Amendment, 150 Years Ago

Look back 150 years ago when Congress approved the 13th Amendment, which officially abolished slavery in the United States.

1864 campaign poster featuring Abraham Lincoln and running mate Andrew Johnson

Lincoln’s Hard-Fought Civil War Re-Election, 150 Years Ago

By winning re-election in 1864 against his former top general, Abraham Lincoln dashed any hopes of a negotiated peace with the Confederacy.

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Lincoln’s Peoria Speech, 160 Years Later

Find out more about the speech that resuscitated Abraham Lincoln’s political career and launched him towards the presidency, 160 years ago today.

Plaque commemorating attack at Fort Stevens (Credit DBKING/Wikimedia Commons)

Lincoln’s Battlefield Brush with Death, 150 Years Ago

At the Battle of Fort Stevens 150 years ago, Abraham Lincoln came within feet of being shot by a Confederate sniper.

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The Two Mothers Who Molded Lincoln

As Mother’s Day approaches, find out more about the biological mother and stepmother who set Abraham Lincoln on the pathway to the presidency.

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Abraham Lincoln and the “Mother of Thanksgiving”

On the 150th anniversary of Lincoln’s Thanksgiving Proclamation, get the full story behind one of America’s favorite holidays.