24 April 2015

150th anniversary

150 years ago today, the funeral train carrying the body of assassinated President Lincoln rolled through New Brunswick where it was greeted by mourners before continuing on to Illinois by way of New York City. I can only imagine what if must have felt like; days before they were celebrating the end of what seemed to be the most dreadful possible war, now they were shocked by the tragic assassination of the man many credited with ending the war.

Always the outlier, just months before New Jersey went to McLellan instead of Lincoln in the 1864 election. On April 24, I doubt there was any sign that New Brunswick remembered.

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