Images of Abraham Lincoln as he lay dying filled the popular press in the days following the assassination. The sudden and violent attack on the president came on Good Friday, the most somber day of the Christian calendar. Many drew the inevitable parallel between a president who died to save the Union, just as Christ died to save men’s souls. The assassination transformed Lincoln, who had not been universally beloved, into a martyr.
Though it is doubtful that 16 people could have fit into the small room at one time, this engraving shows family, allies, and important members of Lincoln’s administration attending the president. Learn who is who.
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