Rocking Chair from Ford's Theatre, Used by Abraham Lincoln on April 14, 1865

Date:
April 14, 1865

President Abraham Lincoln was sitting in this rocking chair during a production of Our American Cousin at Ford's Theatre in Washington, DC when he was assassinated on April 14, 1865. Henry Ford purchased the chair in 1929 for the Museum, where it remains one of the most revered objects associated with the "man who saved the Union."

Location:
20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn, MI 48124
Identifier:
29.1451.1
Institution:
The Henry Ford
credits:
From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Lincoln Cane Given To Frederick Douglass

Date:
1860s

Originally owned by President Abraham Lincoln and given to Frederick Douglass by Mary Todd Lincoln after her husband's death in recognition of Douglass' recruiting efforts during the Civil War. Mr. Douglass at his residence in Rochester, New York wrote a thank you letter to Mrs. Abraham Lincoln on August 17, 1865. In the letter he thanked Mrs. Lincoln for given him the late president Abraham Lincoln's favorite walking stick. Source: Life and Writings of Frederick Douglass, Vol. III. Edited by Philip S. Foner, 1950.

Description (physical):

Wood, metal, antler. L 89, D 13 cm

Location:
1411 W Street SE Washington,District of Columbia 20020
Identifier:
FRDO 1898
Institution:
Frederick Douglass National Historic Site

Carte-de-visite

Vignette of Mary Todd Lincoln, ID'd at bottom.

Description (physical):

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Location:
6125 Boydton Plank Rd.Petersburg,Virginia 23803
Identifier:
2004.001.0538
Institution:
Pamplin Historical Park and the National Museum of the Civil War Soldier

Carte-de-visite

Vignette of lithograph of Mary Todd Lincoln. ID'd at the bottom "Mrs. Lincoln".

Description (physical):

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Location:
6125 Boydton Plank Rd.Petersburg,Virginia 23803
Identifier:
2004.001.0537
Institution:
Pamplin Historical Park and the National Museum of the Civil War Soldier

Carte-de-visite

Vignette of Mary Todd Lincoln who was the wife of President Lincoln.

Description (physical):

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Location:
6125 Boydton Plank Rd.Petersburg,Virginia 23803
Identifier:
2004.001.0536
Institution:
Pamplin Historical Park and the National Museum of the Civil War Soldier

Carte-de-visite

Date:
1862

Full Portrait of Mary Lincoln in mourning dress following the death of her son Willie Lincoln in 1862. ID'd on the back.

Description (physical):

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Location:
6125 Boydton Plank Rd.Petersburg,Virginia 23803
Identifier:
2004.001.0535
Institution:
Pamplin Historical Park and the National Museum of the Civil War Soldier

Lincoln Cane

Date:
1860s

Originally owned by President Abraham Lincoln and given to Frederick Douglass by Mary Todd Lincoln after her husband's death in recognition of Douglass' recruiting efforts during the Civil War. Mr. Douglass at his residence in Rochester, New York wrote a thank you letter to Mrs. Abraham Lincoln on August 17, 1865. In the letter he thanked Mrs. Lincoln for given him the late president Abraham Lincoln's favorite walking stick. Source: Life and Writings of Frederick Douglass, Vol. III. Edited by Philip S. Foner, 1950.

Description (physical):

Wood, metal, antler. L 89, D 13 cm

Location:
1411 W Street SE Washington,District of Columbia 20020
Identifier:
FRDO 1898
Institution:
Frederick Douglass National Historic Site

Rocking Chair

Date:
c. 1845

Mary Lincoln may have used this comfortable rocker to rock her babies to sleep or to rest for a few minutes in the kitchen between chores.

Description (physical):

Wood, rush. H 89.5 cm, W 44 cm, D 70 cm

Location:
426 S. 7th St.Springfield,Illinois 62701
Identifier:
2010.0001.0020
Institution:
Lincoln Home National Historic Site

Queens Of England

Date:
1861

The Lincolns were found of reading, especially biographies. Mrs. Lincoln signed the book, “Mary Lincoln 1860” but the copyright in the book is 1861. Perhaps this was an advanced copy from an admirer. Mrs. Lincoln later compared herself to another famous widow at the time, Queen Victoria. The Queen sent her a warm letter of condolence after Lincoln’s death.

Description (physical):

Paper, leather. H 27.1 cm, W 19.8 cm, D 4 cm

Location:
426 S. 7th St.Springfield,Illinois 62701
Identifier:
2010.0001.0019
Institution:
Lincoln Home National Historic Site

Godey’s Lady’s Book

Date:
1861

For ladies living away from major cities, Godey’s Lady’s Book with colored illustrations provided recipes, advice, literature and, most importantly, the latest fashions. Mary was probably a devoted subscriber.

Description (physical):

Paper, leather. H 24.2 cm, W 16 cm, D 4.5 cm

Location:
426 S. 7th St.Springfield,Illinois 62701
Identifier:
2010.0001.0018
Institution:
Lincoln Home National Historic Site