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Abraham Lincoln, 1865

Abraham Lincoln, 1865

Abraham Lincoln spent the final year of his life working hard to secure support for a Thirteenth Amendment to the Constitution, abolishing slavery forever from America. How he would have presided over the post-war era of Reconstruction is unknown, due to his murder on April 14, 1865. The portrait here was taken by the photographer Alexander Gardner just a few months before the assassination, about the time General Sherman visited Lincoln in Washington. The glass negative was cracked and then discarded by Gardner after he had made just a single print from it.

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