Cases including the contents of Abraham Lincoln’s pockets, Top Hat and Greatcoat from the night of the assassination. Items now on display as part of “Silent Witnesses” at the Ford’s Theatre Center for Education and Leadership. Photo by Gary Erskine.
William Marsh (American, 1850s–1860s). Abraham Lincoln, May 20, 1860. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Gilman Collection, Purchase, Joyce F. Menschel Gift, 2005 (2005.100.89) | This photograph, made in Springfield, Illinois, was the first portrait taken of Abraham Lincoln after he had received the nomination for president at the Republican National Convention in Chicago.
The earliest known image of Willie Lincoln; In 1862 Mary's favorite son, Willie, died in the White House. This led to a tormented period of mourning. According to Elizabeth Keckley, Mary's seamstress, her grief was so overbearing that Mr. Lincoln warned she would have to be sent to an asylum if she couldn't control it.
FAKE: Daguerreotype of Lincoln and his family in front of the White House. FACT: This is a modern photo of mannequins at the Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum in Springfield, Illinois (note the man in modern clothes walking in the background.)