“A Fiendish Assassination” is the name of a new exhibit at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum in Springfield, coinciding with the 150th anniversary of the Great Emancipator’s death. Lincoln collections curator James Cornelius, previewing the exhibit that runs through mid-July, says the exhibit takes its name from a phrase in bold in an undetermined town’s written resolution celebrating the end of the Civil War and mourning President Lincoln.
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“The devil’s work,” says Cornelius. “Deviltry. Heinousness. Hatefulness. Booth was a scoundrel. Booth was a coward. Execrable. Shameful. All of these things. People were trying to come up with the vocabulary to explain what had happened.”
One letter on display documents how some who cheered Lincoln’s assassination were killed. Also: evidence of chaos and panic, amid rumors of cabinet members also being killed. And, Cornelius says, an illegally photographed image of Lincoln in his casket, on display in New York.