Illustrated at left by a simple two page
view of a Portland, Maine citizen’s 1865
journal, is the joyous news of  Lee’s
surrender, followed only four days later
by:
President Lincoln was assassinated
by Wilkes Booth at Ford’s Theater
.
Tucked in a pocket at the back of the journal was a badge with the notation that it was crafted
from mourning decoration adorning the church pulpit upon the death of President Lincoln.
As news of the assassination is disseminated the
celebrative mood set by Lee’s surrender is
quickly replaced by grief and public expression
of mourning.
Expressions of mourning recovered from Maine Attics
include
The mourning ribbon worn by Jennie Stevens of
Westbrook, Maine.
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