Lincoln and the Bluegrass: Slavery and Civil War in Kentucky

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NINETEEN
Lilac Time

THE APPALLING news of Abraham Lincoln's assassination spread with crushing swiftness over the country. Dazed and grief-stricken by the catastrophe that had fallen in the very midst of tumultuous rejoicing, the battle-worn republic sadly stripped off its holiday garments and donned the sackcloth of mourning again.1

"I have no words to express what I feel at the loss of our friend the late President," wrote a Washingtonian to Dr. Breckinridge. "Yet I cannot doubt the wisdom and goodness & favor of Him who carried Abraham Lincoln successfully through his perilous task."2

"Oh! My Brother, I do not believe you can conceive of the sorrow & indignation of this Community relative to the death of Mr. Lincoln," wrote a citizen of Baltimore. "It surpasses all expression! While I write it comes to us that the wretched Booth has gone to his God. Sic semper Assassins!"3

In Lexington the demonstration of grief was extensive and sincere. The Reverend Mr. Pratt sadly wrote in his diary: "Never was my moral sense so shocked nor did greater gloom

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