|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
|Expressions of mourning recovered from Maine Attics
The mourning ribbon worn by Jennie Stevens of