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Collection Reference Number GLC03523.10.179
From Archive Folder Collection of Joseph M. Maitland 
Title Bell Wharton to Joseph M. Maitland reporting her shock at the news of Lincoln's assassination
Date ca. 15 April 1865
Author Wharton, Bell (fl. 1862-1866)  
Recipient Maitland, Joseph M.  
Document Type Correspondence
Content Description Letter is addressed "My Dear Dearest-Joe." Letter probably written on 15 April 1865. Bell writes, "I don't know when I ever had anything to shock me so as when I heard of the assassination of the President [Abraham Lincoln] this morning...if we had a good Vice President to take his place I wouldn't feel so worried." Reports on a recent flood that "...took all the fences and most of the bridges in its way." Says damage is estimated at ten thousand dollars.
Subjects Civil War  Military History  Union Forces  Woman Author  President  Lincoln Assassination  Assassination  Vice President  Finance  Extreme Weather  Death  Women's History  
People Maitland, Joseph M. (1839-1918)  Wharton, Bell (fl. 1862-1866)  Lincoln, Abraham (1809-1865)  
Place written Kingston, Ohio
Theme The American Civil War; The Presidency
Sub-collection Papers and Images of the American Civil War
Additional Information Abraham Lincoln was assassinated by John Wilkes Booth on 14 April 1865 and died the following morning. His Vice President, Andrew Johnson, was sworn in after his death.
Copyright The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Module Civil War, Reconstruction and the Modern Era: 1860-1945
Civil War: Unit 95th Ohio Infantry, G Company