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        Abraham Lincoln | Ken Burns: The Civil War

        Explore a gallery of images of Abraham Lincoln and his wife Mary Todd. Abraham Lincoln was the 16th President of the United States, the first president from the Republican Party, and the leader of the country during the American Civil War. Lincoln’s firm anti-slavery position led to his Emancipation Proclamation, which declared that slaves living in southern, rebel states were free. His oratorical and writing skills, and firm belief in preserving the future of the Union of the United States, appealed to the best of American ideals. Lincoln served as president from 1861-1865. He was assassinated by John Wilkes Booth in Ford’s Theatre in Washington DC on April 14, 1865. 

        Lincoln Hamlin Campaign Poster, 1860 | Ken Burns: The Civil War

        An 1860 campaign poster for Abraham Lincoln and Hannibal Hamlin. Source: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Divison.

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        Mary Todd Lincoln, ca. 1863 | Ken Burns: The Civil War

        Mary Todd Lincoln spent her last years in her sister's Springfield home, rarely leaving a room whose curtains were never raised.

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        Execution of the Lincoln Conspirators, July 7, 1865 | Ken Burns: The Civil War

        The executions of Powell, Atzerodt, Herold, and Suratt took place before a sizable crowd in the Arsenal grounds at the old Penitentiary Building on July 7, 1865.

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        Lincoln Inaugural Address, 1861 | Ken Burns: The Civil War

        Abraham Lincoln delivers his first inaugural address on March 4, 1861, beneath the portico of the unfinished Capitol.

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        Last Photo of Lincoln, 1865 | Ken Burns: The Civil War

        This photograph, made by Alexander Gardner in the spring of 1865, is often thought to be the last ever made of Lincoln.

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        The "Lincoln Gun" | Ken Burns: The Civil War

        Image of a "Lincoln Gun," a 15-inch Rodman Columbiad in Fort Monroe, Va.

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        John Wilkes Booth | Ken Burns: The Civil War

        Learn about the life of John Wilkes Booth, the assassin who murdered President Abraham Lincoln. An accomplished actor and a Southern sympathizer, Booth shot the president in Fords Theatre on April 14, 1865.

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        Allan Pinkerton Group With Abraham Lincoln, 1862 | Ken Burns: The Civil War

        Allan Pinkerton, here pictured with President Abraham Lincoln and General John A. McClernand in Antietam, ran the Federal Secret Service.

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