Letter from Apr. 17, 1865

8th Illinois Cavalry Letter

  • Full Title

    8th Illinois Cavalry Letter in Reaction to Lincoln's Death - "The general reaction in this heart of the army is that of revenge."

  • Description

    Letter from Dr. Abner Hard, a doctor in the 8th Illinois Cavalry, describing his reaction to the Lincoln assassination.

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    Fairfax C.H. VA.

    April 17th, 1865

    Dear Ann,

    Our joy is turned into sorrow at the awful and barbarous assassination of President Lincoln. The general reaction in this heart of the army is that of revenge.
    He was too good a man to deal with such a set of traitors. They have sown the wind and will reap the whirlwind. I go with this Brigade to attend his funeral. We leave in an hour. I expect to take some of my family along. Love to you all, in health.

    Your Rev. A Hard

  • Source

    Milwaukee County Historical Society, Hard Family Collection.

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    Dr. Abner Hard. "8th Illinois Cavalry Letter in Reaction to Lincoln's Death - "The general reaction in this heart of the army is that of revenge."". Remembering Lincoln. Web. Accessed July 19, 2019. https://rememberinglincoln.fords.org/node/857