Lot #13
Lincoln Assassination (4) Newspapers

"The ball is lodged in his brain three inches from where it entered the skull. He remains insensible, and his condition is utterly hopeless"
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Estimate: $3000+

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"The ball is lodged in his brain three inches from where it entered the skull. He remains insensible, and his condition is utterly hopeless"

Four early and later reports upon the great national tragedy of the death of President Abraham Lincoln:

(i) New York Tribune, New York, Saturday, April 15, 1865, black-bordered eight-page issue. On page 4 (misnumbered 8): POSTSCRIPT 4:30 O’Clock A.M. LATEST. The President Just Alive at 3 a.m. - Secretary Seward Better - His Son and the Servant Not Expected to Live - Popular Opinion as to the Murderer. OFFICIAL ACCOUNT. Latest report from Washington at 2:12 a.m. -- “The President is still alive, but he is growing weaker. The ball is lodged in his brain three inches from where it entered the skull. He remains insensible, and his condition is utterly hopeless.”

(ii) The World, New York, Monday, April 17, 1865. Extraordinarily detailed reports throughout eight-page issue, including front page OUR BEREAVEMENT. Full Particulars of the Great National Tragedy, Minute Account of the Fatal Scene in the Theater. The Last Honors to the Lamented Dead. Wednesday Next Appointed for the Funeral. A NATION’S SORROW. Conflicting Rumors with Regard to the Assassin. The Story of His Life. Inauguration of Mr. Johnson as President. Condition of Sec. Seward. Hopes of Recovery Entertained. Excellent condition (page 6, column 6 missing).

(iii) Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper, New York, April 29, 1865. Front page, half page illustration of the “Assassination of President Lincoln in his private Box at Ford’s Theater, Washington, April 14.” Reports of The Martyr President. Internal reports of the Murder of President Lincoln, John Wilkes Booth. Truly extraordinary two-page centerfold with detailed illustration of “The Dying Moments of President Lincoln, at Washington, Saturday Morning, April 15.” Condition, fair-good, with slight separation at folds.

(iv) The Evening Post, New York, Saturday, April 22, 1865. Detailed reports about tributes to President Lincoln, actions of the Chamber of Commerce with regard to the death of President Lincoln, the Army’s reaction to the news of the President’s death, and much more. Excellent condition.

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: Fine Autograph and Artifacts
  • Dates: #641 - Ended August 10, 2022