Washington, D.C., was in a jovial mood the day of April 14, 1865.
Gen. Robert E. Lee, commander of the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia, had surrendered to Gen. Ulysses S. Grant, commanding general of the Union Army of the Potomac, at Appomattox Court House, Virginia, five days earlier, ending a war that had turned brother against brother and left more than 600,000 dead.
Spring was beginning, and for the first time in four years, the union was whole and ready to start healing in a new era in which there would be freedom for all thanks to Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation.
Despite the day being the solemn observance of Good Friday, Ford’s Theatre was still offering a showing of “Our American Cousin” with the special guest of the evening being the 16th president himself.
However, a time for celebration turned into a time for mourning, with a single gunshot from an assassin’s gun