Diary from Apr. 15, 1865

Diary of William Ellis Stork, Volume 1, Preston, Minnesota

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    Diary of William Ellis Stork, Volume 1, Preston, Minnesota

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    Diary of William Ellis Stork as he recounts his life and his reactions to major events.

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    "Got news of Lincoln’s death and the attempted assassination of Sen [??]" (pg. 30)



    "1865 April 3. Richmond & Peters burg was evacuated by the rebels & taken possession of by our forces April 9th and 10th Gen[eral] Lee surrendered the army of north Virginia to Grant Lincoln died was shot at a Theatre April 14th & died April 15th. Born July 12th 1809 Age at death death 55 y[ea]rs 9 m[onths] 3 d[ays] 16 m[inutes] President of the United States [inked line] Andrew Johnson took the oath of office as President April 15th at 11 o’clock A.M. [inked line] J. Wilkes Booth & his accomplice Harrold the murderers of President Lincoln was found in a barn at a Mr Garrotts 3 Ms[miles] from Bowling Green towards Port Royal in Virginia Booth was shot in the barn & died at 7 A.M. April 26th Harrold was taken to Washington President Johnson in his Proclamation of May 2nd after stating It appears from evidence in the burden[?] of military justice that the atrocious murder of the late President & attempted murder of W[illiam] H. Seward secretary of State incited, concerted, of & between Jefferson Davis late of Richmond Va[Virginia] & Jacob Thompson Clement Clay Beverly Tucker George N. Danders W.C. Cleary & others rebels & traitors against the Government of the United States, Harbored in Canada now therefore to the end" (pg. 74)

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    Minnesota Reflections

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    Stork, William Ellis, 1841 - 1938. "Diary of William Ellis Stork, Volume 1, Preston, Minnesota". Remembering Lincoln. Web. Accessed June 25, 2019. https://rememberinglincoln.fords.org/node/319